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Microsoft, Toshiba Partner on HD DVD

27 Jun, 2005 By: Erik Gruenwedel

In a major win for next-generation format HD DVD, Microsoft Corp. and Toshiba Corp. today announced a deal to co-create DVD players and portable personal computers.

The deal would appear to further scuttlebutt that the likelihood of a compromise between rival formats HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc is dead.

In April, Microsoft and Toshiba first pledged a cross-licensing deal covering innovations in computer and digital consumer electronics.

Under the agreement, which includes collaboration with iHD, the DVD Forum's newest interactive format, the two companies plan to study advancement of HD DVD players incorporating Windows CE technology and Toshiba's strong consumer electronics and computing infrastructure.

The move would appear to counter a similar collaboration between Sony Corp. and Apple Computer, which announced plans to develop hardware and software products using the Blu-ray format.

“We look forward to extending the scope of our relations to encompass HD DVD, a major driver of the next-generation consumer electronics,” said Atsutoshi Nishida, president and CEO of Toshiba.

A Blu-ray representative was not immediately available for comment.

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