I’ve talk about Microsoft and Blu-ray more
times than I can count and it never fails I end up saying they will not be
the ones to build Blu-ray support in Windows.
My thoughts have officially come true with yesterday’s announcement that
Microsoft is outsourcing Blu-ray
support in Windows 7 to Cyberlink.
According to the press release, PowerDVD “automatically
integrate with Windows Media Center to enable full Blu-ray playback capability
on PC equipped with the appropriate hardware.”
The extent of that integration remains to be seen, but I’m hoping for
full integration using Media Foundation and PVP (aka real integration). That’s a lot of wishful thinking on my part, what we will likely end up with is Media
Center launching PowerDVD in a Play Movie-esk way.
I guess this is a good start and I’m interested to see what the
product will look like but I’m not getting my hopes up too high just yet for it being the perfect solution.