The Lamest Excuse I've Ever Heard

A few posts ago I went on a rant because Windows will not play a simple DVD without a third party driver. So if you buy Windows off the shelf for 100 bucks you have to (according to Microsoft) pay 30 dollars more just to play a DVD.

Mind you, it comes with “Windows Media Player” which will play a DVD *after* you go to a Microsoft web site and pony up your extra 30 clams.

I was especially annoyed because the base Macintosh OS has played DVDs for probably about 5 years and if you’ve bought a Mac in the last 3 years or so, you have the ability to edit digital video and CREATE DVDs.

My argument was that in late 2004, a consumer OS should play a damn DVD! You don’t have to get third party software to get on the internet anymore, are DVDs new cutting edge technology the Microsoft does not fully support yet? Get real.

A herd of Microsoft apologist jumped up in the comments and said that it would work with 3rd party software. I knew that. That was my whole point. I should be able to stick in a damn movie and have it play!

After I restated that point the apologists settled on a simple defense. Here are a few samples:

Did Microsoft use Warez for Windows XP?
Drivethru Playmates

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