It appears that users who wish to use the Media Center on the Windows 8 will have to purchase it since it will not be integrated into the upcoming operating system from Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT). Adding the Media Center Pack will entail additional charges for users of the Professional edition of the Windows 8 OS while Windows 8 basic users will need to purchase the Windows 8 Pro pack to be able to use the Media Center.
Since the Media Center is not integrated into Windows 8, users will have to use third party utilities or upgrade their OS if they want to play DVDs. The exclusion resulted to numerous unhappy consumers with some users complaining at the removal of the Media Center while others were griped at the not being able to play DVDs.
However not all users were too concerned with the absence of the Media Center on Windows 8 since they rarely use it and the lack of a DVD playback feature can be easily remedied through third party programs while other devices also come with a DVD software bundle.
Microsoft had earlier brought up concerns by users that the Media Center will not be included on the Windows 8 OS following its absence from the early builds of the software. Some industry watchers recognize the increased cost of video codecs and Microsoft may not want to pass the cost to all users of the Windows 8 OS.
However a statement was made by Steven Sinofsky, president of Windows Live, indicated that the Media Center would be a part of the Windows 8 OS last September. This earlier statement would likely make it necessary for the company to clarify the issue since it had not warned users of its absence on the latest version of its operating system.
Some industry watchers have indicated that this latest issue may become another reason for consumers not to upgrade their devices to the Windows 8 OS.