Microsoft has decided to rely on outside software in an effort to increase its profit margin so unless you have said software its no DVD playback for you
Microsoft today revealed that it is removing support for DVD and Blu-ray playback in Windows 8, with Windows Media Player being the offending program in question.
Writing on a Windows 8 blog President of Windows Division Steven Sinofsky revealed that all versions of Windows 8 would come with Windows Media Player but would not allow the playback of DVDs of Blu-rays.
"Windows Media Player will continue to be available in all editions, but without DVD playback support. For optical discs playback on new Windows 8 devices, we are going to rely on the many quality solutions on the market, which provide great experiences for both DVD and Blu-ray."
He goes on to explain that their reasoning for this decision is based on the changing face of digital media citing the growth of online media platforms as a key decider.
"On the PC, these online sources are growing much faster than DVD & broadcast TV consumption, which are in sharp decline (no matter how you measure—unique users, minutes, percentage of sources, etc.)."
Of course this doesn't mean you won't be able to play DVDs at all, it simply means that the responsibility for this feature has now fallen on the manufacturers who will need to pre-load software that does support playback.