So a couple things missing from Windows 10 were Solitare and native DVD Player. Solitaire is now in the Windows Store, and is free but video ad-supported. Don’t want the annoying 30-second video ads before each game? Then give Microsoft MSFT 210,11 -0,28 -0,13% $1.49 a month (or get a year’s “subscription” for $9.99) and you can have an ad free game and some other ‘upgrades’. The scary thing is, I could see Microsoft making a lot of money off of this.
The missing native DVD Player (I still don’t understand this one) can be replaced with the (may be free) Windows DVD Player. All this does is play DVD Discs on your computer (nope, it won’t play your Blu-Rays or DVD files backed up on your computer). This is free (for now) to those who upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8.1 versions. If you do a clean install, buy a new device with Windows 10 or even reinstalled Windows 10 because of an issue, then you can’t have it for free anymore. Keep in mind, VLC Player not only will play your DVD’s, CD’s, BD’s as well as multiple audio and video files it is FREE and works with Windows XP and newer (as well as Mac OS X, Linux, Android, iOS and just about any other platform you could think of).
This really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. You knew it was too good to be true for Microsoft to be offering current Windows 7 and 8.1 users a FREE upgrade to Windows 10. How else are they going to fund this besides gouge people with Office 365 subscriptions?
via Forbes > Gordon Kelly