Doesn't have Business Users a need for Entertainment too?
Posted by Arne Hess - at Tuesday, 20.03.07 - 13:45:55 CET under Digital - Lifestyle - Viewed 10359x
If you compare the Windows Vista versions (best before you upgrade/buy one), it shouldn't be a surprise at all but I'm still wondering why Microsoft left the inbuilt DVD codec support out of Windows Vista Business as it is part of Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows Vista Ultimate? And it keeps me to the questions if Microsoft really believes that business users doesn't have a need for entertainment?
I mean how many normal users watch DVDs on their PC or Notebook? Not too much
I would think but the real PC DVD-watcher are mostly business travelers, bored
in hotel rooms or during flights and this customers cannot watch DVDs without
any further codec installation (which you better know before you leave) and they
even cannot watch Media Center recordings, they might have copied to the
Notebook prior departure because Microsoft's propriety Media Center codec is
also not supported in Windows Vista Business. Oh come on Microsoft, the world
isn't that black and white that a business users (which I would call myself as
well) hasn't have needs for entertainment but is wrestling his Excel
spreadsheets 24/7. No, it happens even more often than you might think that
business users have "kill time" where they want some entertainment.
Thankfully, before I left my home last week, I've installed my good old
PureVideo Decoder software (which works still great in Windows Vista and is
completely graphic card independent) which I bought previously for my Windows
Media Center Edition 2005. Nvidia PureVideo Decoder is a simple plug-in for the
Microsoft Windows Media Player and Media Center Edition which delivers smooth
video when watching DVDs, videos, and TV recordings on your PC and thankfully -
it's not a full blown DVD Player software I don't need at all since Windows
Media Player is good enough to watch DVDs. Nvidia's PureVideo Decoder even
features Dolby Digital surround sound audio (in its Gold and Platinum edition
while I have the Bronze only which is good enough anyway) and supports all the
video features on your Microsoft DirectX compatible graphics processor.
Anyway, sad enough that Windows Vista Business comes without DVD and Media
Center (playback) support and I'm still trying to figure out, why Microsoft has
left such an important feature?
Cheers ~ Arne
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