“Microsoft revealed today that no 32-bit versions of Windows Vista will be able to play back ‘next generation high definition protected content’ (translation – studio-released BluRay and HD-DVD movies),” Dan Warne reports for APC Magazine.
“By far the majority of PCs use 32-bit processors, because despite AMD’s efforts to push 64-bit CPUs into the marketplace early, Intel’s first widely-promoted 64-bit CPU is the just-released Core 2 Duo,” Warne reports.
Warne reports, “PC users will now have to choose between a PC that can play high definition content (64 bit) versus one that can potentially run older devices that only have unsigned drivers available (32 bit). ‘Signed drivers’ are ones that have undergone a Microsoft quality-assurance process and received a digital certificate that certifies them as stable for installation on 64-bit Windows.”
“Microsoft’s move to drop support for playback of studio-released HD movies on Vista is likely to anger the large number of people who were hoping they could use their existing 32-bit PC with an upgrade version of Vista,” Warne reports. “The surprising disclosure was made by Senior Program Manager Steve Riley during a presentation on Windows Vista security at Tech.Ed 2006 Sydney today.”
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MacDailyNews Take: What a trainwreck. They should’ve kept it “Longhorn,” they butcher it so much. For cryin’ out loud, Windows-only people, what are you waiting for?
Get a Mac. Here have a look at a couple of real operating systems: Mac OS X Tiger Features and Mac OS X Leopard Sneak Peek. Get yourself a Mac – it’s okay, it’s okay, IT’S OKAY, you can run your Windows and Windows programs on it at native speeds. Try out Mac OS X at your own pace. We’ll wait.
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