The launch of Windows 10 has not been a seamless journey from A to B. However, despite various security concerns, the volume of people who have upgraded his been dramatic – over 14 million people worldwide. Perhaps that is why their latest announcement is being met with varying levels of criticism.
Those of you who have previously owned versions of Windows will have enjoyed the ability to freely view videos and DVDs using Windows Media Player. Those of you who have now upgraded to Windows 10 will not have that same luxury, at least not in the long term.
Having removed Windows Media Player from the original release, they have now introduced an app dubbed Windows DVD Player, which will allow Windows 10 users to play video via discs on their machine. If you were to download the app now, you wouldn’t have to pay a penny for now. However, Microsoft states that it is only “free for a limited amount of time”, leaving those with it slightly unsure as to when their cut off time will be.
When that time comes, probably with the next update, user will be charged nearly £10 for its use.
Is this a real issue?
So, is Microsoft now charging for functions that should come as a standard with this scale of software update? Or is this a reasonable premium to pay for the merits of the new Windows 10 operating system?
The fact that DVD playback didn’t come as a standard with Windows 8 means that this is not a stark surprise – certainly not as surprising as some articles may suggest. The reason back then was because of high operating costs and we suspect that’s the same reason for the impending charges for today’s DVD player.
For most, it looks like the main gripe is that this is not the only app Microsoft is “secretly” asking people to pay for. Another disappointment for some users is the Solitaire app, which asks loyal gamers for a monthly ad-free subscription.
Our suspicion is that many new operating systems are met with a similar amount of cynicism and after a rigorous set of updates to finely tune the platform, any differences become the norm for many users. It is also rare to see DVD hardware installed on machines nowadays too. So this announcement shouldn’t affect a vast number of Windows 10 users that watch videos on their laptops anyway.
What are your thoughts? As a user, does Windows 10 work well for you?