In its fierce battle with Sony over the format of next generation DVD, Toshiba needs all the friends it can get and Microsoft is a pretty powerful friend to have.
"From the HD-DVD viewpoint we now have a very strong supporter," said Atsutoshi Nishida, the president and chief executive of Toshiba. "We want to leverage this support and come up with a concrete outcome."
Bill Gates, the chairman of Microsoft, has claimed that the company remains neutral in this particular conflict, despite the fact that Microsoft is a member of the HD-DVD group. Nevertheless, Microsoft will investigate development of HD-DVD players using Microsoft Windows CE technology.