Longhorn to Support All Recordable DVD Formats
Microsoft brings all recordable DVD formats into the Longhorn fold through its support of the Universal Disk Format.Microsoft Corp. said it will act as a neutral arbiter in the ongoing battle between the competing recordable DVD standards, supporting all of them in the upcoming Longhorn release. Microsoft added support for DVD-R and DVD-RW into Longhorn, due in 2005. Longhorn already supports the DVD-RAM, DVD+RW and DVD+R formats. "We are committed to making it as easy as possible for our customers to write to and play DVDs on their PCs," said Tom Phillips, general manager of the Windows Hardware Experience Group at Microsoft. "With support for all the major writable DVD formats, users will find it much easier, less costly and more efficient to back up personal data, transfer files between PCs and share personally edited video on DVD-Video."
According to analysts, the competing formats have refused to budge, and the industry remains split between the DVD+RW, DVD-RW and DVD-RAM camps. In the consumer space, the Panasonic-backed DVD-RAM standard is temporarily dominating the market due to Panasonics entrenched position in the marketplace, according to analyst firm Jon Peddie Research.