No Native Blu-ray Support in Windows 7
Remember how Windows XP didn’t have out of the box playback capability for your DVD’s? That meant that you had to install media players like PowerDVD or WinDVD in order to play DVD’s. Well, here’s déjà vu for you.
Apparently, there won’t be any native support for Blu-ray disks for Windows 7 either. That task will be left for the “PC makers or Blu-ray drive makers,” according to Steven Sinofsky. Sinofsky is Microsoft’s Senior Vice President of the Windows and Windows Live Engineering Group.
ITWire also observes that this will allow Microsoft to pass the burden of costs to “PC makers who will generally obtain Blu-ray licenses that are bundled with Blu-ray drives.” This is happening as bigwigs in the Blu-ray industry are setting into motion the creation of an independent Blu-ray licensing company that will lower licensing fees.
By including native Blu-ray support, Microsoft could have one-upped Apple in the process…. as they have also snubbed Blu-ray at the OS level.