2004-08-01 Microsoft supporting Blue Laser? What about Blu-Ray? Err, maybe

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2003-04-10 Blu-Ray / HD-DVD DVD like disk from Sony / Philips with recordning capabilities. Holds up to 27 GB on a one sided, one layered 12cm disk. Will also be available in other sizes and formats. Hybrid discs, combining DVD and Blu-Ray will also be released. Second generation Blu-ray with 50 GB capacity and 22 MB/s transfer rate planned. Third generation products are said to double those figures again. Consumer products based on Blu-ray appear in 2006.
HD-DVD is the competing standard from NEC / Toshiba which was selected by DVD Forum as the next DVD version

2007-01-XX Microsoft Windows Vista (Longhorn) Successor to XP. Supposed to introduce a much simplified user interface API called Avalon, that will be at the core of Longhorn's new "inductive" interface, likely to build heavily on XML.
Also includes a new service: WinFS (Windows Future Storage), running on top of NTFS (or FAT32?). WinFS was earlier rumoured to be a filesystem.
Longhorn may or may not be released as server version. Said to include support for DirectX Shader Model 4.0.
The latest info indicates that WinFS and Avalon will been jettisoned from Longhorn for it to be ready for launch in 2006. The dropped features will then be queued for possible future introduction.
One rumour earlier claimed that it would be named 'Microsoft Windows e-XPedition'.

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