SOFTWARE giant Microsoft is mightily miffed that the Financial Times has told world+dog that it is talking to Sony about jacking the Blu-ray player under the bonnet of the XBox360.
For those who came in late, Vole has pulled the plug on production of an external HD DVD drive for the XBOX 360 and many people expected Vole to move to Blu-ray.
However Vole is now saying neigh, neigh and thrice neigh. In fact Aaron Greenberg, group product manager for Xbox 360, neighed so hard to Reuters they had to use racing commentator John McCirick to interview him because they thought he was entering the Cheltenham Festival.
Greenberg brayed that Vole is not talking with Sony or the Blu-ray Association to integrate Blu-ray into the Xbox experience.
Microsoft will be keeping its Xbox experience free from that nasty technology for now, he said.
Vole's deep refusal to talk to Sony has fuelled a bit of rumour and speculation on the INQ team. Some of us think that the whole Blu-ray versus HD-DVD war was paid for by Microsoft while it came up with the technology to deliver HD format across the Interweb, perhaps by XBOX 360. Others in the INQ team were thirsty or had lives to go to. µ
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