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Windows XP & Vista To Add Native Blu-ray Support

Gordon Kelly


Windows XP & Vista To Add Native Blu-ray Support

It's no secret Microsoft was hoping HD DVD would win the format war - its Xbox 360 console came with an HD DVD add-on and even since Blu-ray came out on top talk of support out of Redmond has been noticeably silent, but this may mark the turning point...

Details have arisen of the 'Windows Feature Pack for Storage' - a kit for XP, Vista, Server 2003 and Sever 2008 which will bring a number of storage functionality improvements to the platforms including, most noticeably: an updated image mastering API for Blu-ray allowing the discs to be burnt without third party software.

Well done Microsoft, it must've been a bitter pill to swallow.

Away from this headline feature are two other key technologies: ' Active Storage Platform' which will enable the Windows platform to restrict access to portable devices (such as a USB Flash Device) via a certificate or password authentication based on the IEEE 1667 standard specification. Secondly, 'Smart Card Driver', which provides support for new form factors, such as ICCD/CCID.

The public beta testing for the Windows Feature Pack for Storage is expected to begin imminently but if you're not a fan of toying with pre-release software don't worry this one should be seeing a final release sooner rather than later.




August 18, 2008, 11:00 am

Rogue apostrophe in the first sentence, and broken link.

Well it's about time! Still, I don't see why anyone would want to burn such a huge amount of data through anything Microsoft provides...

Perhaps now they'll fix the type of drive displayed in the details view when looking at My Computer.


August 18, 2008, 12:17 pm

pftt... i still don't have native dvd burning support in windows xp... either that or i haven't tried in ages


August 18, 2008, 12:49 pm

bah, sod that, I'd much rather see native Blu-Ray video support built into Media Center!


August 18, 2008, 3:07 pm

I'm all for pushing the boundaries with multi-touch tech, etc. but MS need to get a few meat-and-potatoes features right.

The built-in burning software of XP is terrible. Sure everyone tries to cut development costs but skimping a few features, but one of OSX's main elements it lords over XP/Vista is complementary tools. It would restore my faith in Windows to see Microsoft strengthen their OS foundations with tools that would mean user's don't have to spend extra on better defrag/burners etc like Diskeeper/Nero.

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