Toshiba, Microsoft to collaborate on next-gen DVD

I have to hand it to Microsoft, while we do not always agree on stuff, they do seem to always be there on the forefront of much of the innovation coming out of the wood work these days. If Toshiba and MS are successful with this joint venture, it could mean some amazing things for us all.

Microsoft Corp. and Toshiba Corp. said on Monday that they would work together on developing technology for next-generation DVDs that can hold more data and deliver high-definition videos.

Microsoft, the world’s largest software maker, said it will also strengthen joint development of personal computers and consumer electronics goods with Toshiba, the world’s third-largest notebook PC maker.

Toshiba and Sony Corp., leading rival camps, have waged a three-year battle to have their standards adopted for new DVDs, which promise much greater capacity for high-definition movies.

Toshiba, with NEC Corp. and Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd., has been promoting a technology called HD DVD while Sony, along with Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., maker of Panasonic brand products, had been pushing for the standard it calls Blu-ray.

Gates reiterated that Microsoft would keep its neutral stance on the format battle, not supporting either side against the other. [Read the rest]