Playing out the future of DVD playback

Kathleen Atkins

A few days ago, Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky published a FAQ concerning Windows Media Center and DVD playback in Windows 8.

According to Sinofsky, only buyers of Windows 8 Pro will be able to include Windows Media Center and its DVD playback software with their operating system.

If you upgrade to, and want to stick with, a “lesser” Windows 8 edition but still want DVD playback software, you must acquire it from a third-party software manufacturer. Check out the Lounge community’s thoughts on this turn ofevents and add your own opinions. More.

The following links are this week’s most interesting Lounge threads, including several new questions that you may be able to provide responses to:

Office Applications
General Productivity Who controls *
Word Processing Managing hyperlinks in contents, cross-references, and citations
Spreadsheets Make headings without using first row? *
Databases How to work with condition in many-to-many relationship?
Presentation Apps Formatting shape color for all slides at once *
Visual Basic for Apps Excel 2010 VBA: Language to delete temp.xls file *
Microsoft Outlook Random character substitution when composing mail messages
Non-Outlook E-mail How do I change my Hotmail/Windows Live ID?
Other MS Apps Publisher 2010 crashes when opening a file
Windows 8 Windows 8 FAQ: DVD playback and Windows Media Center *
General Windows Debatable whether XP still has more market share than Windows 7 *
Windows 7 Problem with Fred’s Win7 no-reformat OS reinstall
Trouble with Microsoft Security Essentials
Rogue Registry file: Where is it?
Windows Vista Network issues with XP and Vista
Windows XP How to set automatic sign-in in XP Home
Windows Servers Memory upgrade for server
Internet Explorer Adobe Flash not installing
Third-Party Browsers Live Mail problem, but Chrome might have caused it
Networking Can two computers share one Ethernet cable?
Social Media How to export Facebook Friends list?
Software Development
Windows Programming Batch files that search three folders
Web Design & Development Help with webpage
Other Technologies
Security & Backups My ISP offers McAfee Internet Security 2012
Hardware Where to buy APC battery?
Graphics/Multimedia Conversion to Corel Draw
Other Applications CCleaner not deleting cookies

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About Kathleen Atkins

Kathleen Atkins is the Windows Secrets associate editor. She's also a freelance writer, editor, and photographer. Prior to joining Windows Secrets, she worked at Microsoft Press.