" EE Times
(12/26/2005 9:00 AM EST)
MADISON, Wis. After months of intense wrangling between the competing Blu-ray and HD-DVD groups, the battle lines in the war over a next-generation high-definition DVD format have moved to the doorstep of Microsoft Corp.
Several industry sources last week told EE Times that Microsoft is muscling into the optical-disk fray by leveraging its operating-system clout to bundle HD-DVD within Vista, the company’s next-generation OS. There is also talk that the software giant may be planning to offer cash incentives in the form “coupons” to system vendors or retailers if they agree to support HD-DVD. Such coupons would provide “credits” or “memos” for each PC that is sold with HD-DVD inside…"