Microsoft and Intel to Back HD-DVD

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Just when you thought Blu-Ray was geting an upper hand, the HD-DVD consortium pulls the rug from under them…well, for now. Microsoft and Intel are throwing their full weight behind the Toshiba-led HD DVD format, over the Blu-ray standard championed by Sony, Matsushita Electric, Samsung and others.

Microsoft announced in June that it would work with Toshiba to develop high-definition DVD players. Now, Microsoft and Intel say they will develop software and chips that will allow personal computers to play the next-generation DVD’s from Toshiba. The companies said they had not ruled out incorporating Blu-ray technology in their operating systems and on their chips in the future.

Official release here with more details…

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