Microsoft is getting ready to launch Windows 8 later this year but it will come without support for DVD playback and Media Center. Microsoft says that television and DVD use on a PC is â€ťin sharp declineâ€ť.<br /><br /><h3>No native DVD playback in Windows 8</h3>Microsoft says that the coming Windows 8 will have no native support for DVD movie playback.<br /><br /><p align=center><a id="thumb" href="pictures/windows8-1l.jpg" class="highslide" rel="highslide"><img class="imgresponsive" src="pictures/windows8-1.jpg" alt="Windows 8" title="Click to enlarge" /></a><br><i>Windows 8 will not natively support DVD playback</i></p><br />Microsoft will also leave out the Media Center platform from the standard version of Windows 8. Only the more expensive Media Center version will support the features.<br /><br />Microsoft claims that they would have to pay a significant amount of royalties to include the options, and goes on to claim that television and DVD use on PCS is â€ťin sharp declineâ€ť. Instead, Microsoft will make online media the focus for Windows 8 that still supports formats such as H264, VC-1, mpeg4, mp3 and more.<br /><br />Users can obviously still use free or paid DVD software such as VLC to watch DVD movies – or upgrade to the Media Center version of Windows 8. But it certainly seems like the end of physical discs is nearing.