Microsoft made a lot of folks upset when it announced earlier this year that Windows 8 would not support DVD playback in its version of Windows Media Player, as it did for Windows 7. While DVD playback is enabled if people purchase the optional Windows Media Center add-on, Microsoft's decision has apparently left the door open for another company to swoop in and put in DVD software on new Windows 8 PCs.
Digitimes reports that, during an investors conference call today, the Taiwan-based company CyberLink claims it has secured deals with a number of PC makers to have three of its software products pre-installed on Windows 8 devices. CyberLink's chairman Jau Huang said this success was due directly to Microsoft's move not to support DVD playback in standard versions of Windows 8.
CyberLink also says it expects its media software to sell well when Windows 8 is launch. Indeed, a few days ago, the company issued a press release announcing that a number of its products have now been certified to run on Windows 8. That includes PowerDVD 12, the latest version of its DVD PC playback software.
CyberLink also announced that people who have bought their products from June 2012 will receive free software updates so they can be compatible with Windows 8.