Windows 8 Will Have Built-in Dolby Digital Plus Support

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ApathyCurve

And...? So what? That's like telling me my mom goes to church on Sundays.

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aarcane

if I want digital audio I pass the digital signal (either optical or coaxial) directly to my receiver. if I wanted support for Dolby Digital Plus, I would have invested in a stereo receiver that supports Dolby Digital Plus.

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t.y.wan

I don't know about you, but the first thing I do when I install Windows is to uninstall and or disable used services... One of them is Windows Media Center...
I never felt it is usable, and there are pretty of different, free and or open source and uses a lot less system resources software out there.
I don't quite understand why they need to include it when there are free 5.1 codecs out there and even most content we are exposed isn't 5.1 encoded... Really, how often you would play a Blu-ray, let alone a DVD now-a-day?

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yammerpickle2

This is not news, this is a step back in time by a decade. If they where saying it supported Dolby® Atmos, or even Dolby TrueHD, or DTS-HD Master Audio then it might be news worthy. Ever since Vista took over audio MS has been making PCs sound terrible.

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dgrmouse

Microsoft is making a terrible choice here, with the piggyback licensing schemes. If there is software required for the OS, it should be included with the OS. That said, there are plenty of FREE codecs out there that work just fine for both video and audio, and it's high time that the industry moves away from proprietary relics like Dolby with little to offer.

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Obsidian

Oh Microsoft, come talk to us when you allow users to output different programs, or even different threads into entirely different audio outputs. How about allowing us to put 10 sound output devices on our systems if they can handle it, letting us NAME those outputs, then allowing differing streams of sound to flow to each of those named outputs. Sounds like a great feature for an OS to me.

The direct show video stream and audio concept need to be entirely re-engineered and optimized for the true master-computer home audio/video experience.

Like others mentioned, MS has missed the audio-relevancy boat by not supplying OS-based Dolby Digital Live or TrueHD. My 6-year-old Onkyo receivers support more relevant sound streams than my constantly updated OS.

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livebriand

Now that (along with, for instance, better dpi scaling that can be different for each monitor) would be really cool! I have 7.1 audio on this board, but at times have wanted to play something different on a different channel and can't. Next, I'd like to see a way to run multiple workstations off the same PC without additional hardware (just a video card that supports multiple displays, a few USB ports, and perhaps a multichannel audio card).

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Obsidian

I agree with you. Did you know that you can download Microsoft VMware Player for free although it doesn't have as much functionality as you want. The VM (virtual machine) enterprise-level software already does what you're asking. There are a few problems with implementing VM for desktop use, which isn't really worth getting into here.

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livebriand

You can mount a keyboard and mouse into a virtualbox VM, so I did that, and it DOES work - as long as I don't move the main mouse into that window, someone else can use it at the same time as me. (or I could disable pointer integration) This doesn't seem to work with vmware though. (in workstation 8 anyway) Now if only I could also get sound there on a separate channel, I'd be completely set.

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vistageek

How about realtime 5.1 dolby digital encoding? Like dolby digital live?

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themohawkadmin

I don't know if it was installed by my sound drivers or something like that, but my Windows 7 pc is running dolby digital live right this very moment. It shows up under "Supported formats" when I go to SDIF output's properties, and confirmed by the screen on my surround processor. So apparently it does have it.

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szore

On the bleeding edge, as usual...

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randomgeek

ZZZZ

Wake me up when they support DTS-MA and TrueHD.

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