With this announcement in hand, now you can have a better guess what your next PC will come equipped with. In case you didn’t know, there are two major DVD rewritable formats that have been around for a while supported by different industry giants.

Not meaning to underrate Apple, NEC, Hitachi, etc. efforts, but with Microsoft now openly supporting DVD+RW, I see DVD-RAM having some trouble succeeding in the PC market unless MS decides to give both formats proper support in next OS generations.

The DVD+RW Alliance announced late Monday that Microsoft had joined its ranks, adding that the software giant will also have a seat on its policy-setting team with representatives from Dell Computer, Hewlett-Packard, Mitsubishi Chemical/Verbatim, Philips, Ricoh, Sony, Thomson and Yamaha. The DVD+RW Alliance is a group of companies that promotes and develops the DVD+RW format.