Microsoft to support 1394b standard

Microsoft Corp. will provide support for the IEEE1394b standard "within a reasonable time" after the launch of Windows Vista, according to a Microsoft Corp. representative who attended the IEEE1394 Trade Association meeting held here last week.

The Windows Vista is the software giant's flagship operating system, whose broad launch is expected in January, 2007.

Microsoft, which already supports IEEE1394a in Windows XP, will extend its support to the 800Mbit/s transfer rates in the IEEE1394b standard.

Although it won't be ready for Vista's initial release, Mark Slezak, program manager, Windows Device Experience Group at Microsoft, said support for 1394b would be available in a service pack, after the release of Windows Vista.

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