Bill Gates say Microsoft is Format Neutral, Believes Downloads will Win the Day

Posted by Dave Cowl on January 9, 2008 
Filed Under: Blu-ray, Format War, HD DVD

ms.jpgTV Predictions is reporting recent quotes from Bill Gates where Gates states that "You have to think of what we are doing with our HD interactive software as being actually neutral to any of these platforms". My personal thought is that Microsoft’s interactive technology, HDi, is actually specific to one format, but it is interesting to see words like ‘neutral’ being used from Microsoft. One wonders how long it will be before the HD DVD Evangelist Kevin Collins gets re-purposed at Microsoft.

Also in the article we see some indication that my favourite outspoken director, Michael Bay, might indeed be on to something. Gates states that digital downloads will eventually win the day, and in that sense the physical format war actually isn’t important.

So if Microsoft gets its way, no shiny discs for you! Personally I love packaged media and the loss of it will equal the loss of the impulse buy, something that Warner executives have noted in the past is key for movie sales.

Once again, time will tell…

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3 Responses to “Bill Gates say Microsoft is Format Neutral, Believes Downloads will Win the Day”

  1. The Guardian on January 9th, 2008 2:26 pm

    I can’t imagine all the retail giants in the world would be very happy with this idea either…

    Not to mention everyone without super-high-speed internet.

    And people who actually enjoy not-very-compressed 1080p video.

  2. Felix on January 9th, 2008 7:38 pm

    it just shows M$ true colour, wanting to kill both formats. how can he said that M$ is format neutral while they release HD DVD drive, but not BD, put HD DVD auto-play option above Blu-ray’s (B is ahead of H in alphabet).

    Michael Bay was right.

  3. Gary on January 10th, 2008 7:42 pm

    Well, now it’s official – Bill Gates is a big fat deceiver. Format neutral? Bull****!!!

    They brought about the format war in the first place by backing HD-DUD – paid untold millions to bolster a ‘movement’ that defied logic. Micro$oft can go to hell.

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