Microsoft takes sides in the DVD Alliance.
The Redmond company, which was already winking at the alliance that supports the DVD + RW standard, announced yesterday that it will become a full member of the group that sees protagonists such as Dell Computer, Hewlett-Packard, Mitsubishi Chemical / Verbatim , Philips, Ricoh, Sony, Thomson and Yamaha.
Microsoft's move, as mentioned not a real surprise, already last year at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference the manufacturers of the Windows had shown interest in the format, announced that they would support it natively in subsequent versions of the operating system.
The choice of Microsoft for DVD + RW is part, as well as of the perspective that sees the computer as a system for digital entertainment, also of a strategy that involves the use of increasingly capacious media as a support for data storage. In fact, DVD + RW supports the Mount Rainer specifications, a standard that aims to improve the use of large media as a substitute for floppies and smaller media. One of the aims is to drastically reduce the formatting and closing times of the burning sessions, a goal that also of the DVD + RW consortium. The Mount Rainer standard will be part of Windows and the foundation has already been laid for its inclusion in the DVD + RW standard.
Compatibility with Mount Rainer judged essential by Microsoft which underlines it openly in yesterday's statements: 'We are happy to join the DVD + RW Alliance' said Tom Phillips, general manager of the Microsoft Windows Hardware Experience Group 'and help promote of a standard that aligned with Mount Rainer 'technology
Looking forward, Microsoft's deployment of DVD + RWs will provide a competitive advantage to the standard that fights with the DVD-RW supported by the DVD Forum which includes, among others, Apple, Hitachi, NEC, Pioneer, Samsung and Sharp. . PC manufacturers, especially those who don't have a lot of resources to use in driver engineering or simply want to be little concerned about the compatibility of their hardware with Windows, will choose DVD + RW drives by popularizing this choice at the expense of DVD-RW.