Just before the release of Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Microsoft has released its new version of PlayReady PC Runtime. PlayReady PC Runtime v2.3 is specifically been released for Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Microsoft PlayReady is the Digital Rights Management technology from Microsoft which is a direct competitor to Apple’s FairPlay. PlayReady PC Runtime allows PC users to access protected content using PlayReady technology.
If you go to PlayReady PC Runtime download page, you will see “Undefined” written under “Supported Operating Systems” but below that you will also see Windows 8 Consumer Preview. According to Microsoft:
Microsoft PlayReady technology is optimized for the mobile industry to support the growth of online content services, and includes features designed to make it easier than ever for consumers to enjoy mobile digital entertainment. This runtime allows Windows 8 Consumer Preview PC based applications to access PlayReady content using the PlayReady PC Runtime API.
Please note that PlayReady technology is only for those who are using content protected with this technology. If you are not using any content protected with PlayReady, you don’t need to download and install it.
To learn more about Microsoft PlayReady technology, you can go to the home page or download it from the links below:
PlayReady PC Runtime v2.3 (x86) Windows 8 Consumer Preview
PlayReady PC Runtime v2.3 (x64) Windows 8 Consumer Preview