Technology News: Hardware : Microsoft, Toshiba To Jointly Develop HD DVD Players

Technology News: Hardware : Microsoft, Toshiba To Jointly Develop HD DVD Players:

"Microsoft and Toshiba said they have agreed to jointly develop HD DVD players, giving the Japanese computer and consumer electronics maker a powerful new ally in its battle with Sony and Matsushita Electric Industrial (NYSE: MC) over technology standards for next-generation audio and visual products."




Sounds like a move by Microsoft to become the standard software provider for HD DVD players. Since the next generation DVD players are likely to be more complicated than the current generation, which have limited interactivity, having a standard platform would be useful, and also a huge win for Microsoft.