Steve Ballmer Says Microsoft Will Support Blu-ray

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Posted on March 11, 2008, Chris Steve Ballmer Says Microsoft Will Support Blu-ray


If there was any strand of doubt still lingering as to whether or not Microsoft plans on supporting Blu-ray now that HD DVD is dead and buried, the company’s chief executive, Steve Ballmer, went ahead and laid things out very clearly at the Mix08 conference.

“We’ve already been working on, for example, in Windows, device driver support for Blu-ray drives and the like, and I think the world moves on. Toshiba has moved on. We’ve moved on, and we’ll support Blu-ray in ways that make sense,” he said.

He didn’t go into any specific plans and there was no mention of how the Xbox 360 would be involved – if at all – but this confirms that Sony and Microsoft are talking about Blu-ray, as Sony’s Stan Glasgow stated last week.

My prediction is that we’ll have a Blu-ray add-on for the 360 by this fall, with a new high-end SKU (replacing the Elite, perhaps?) with a built-in Blu-ray drive by the end of the year.


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