Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Microsoft readies new Storage 1.0 feature pack for Windows

Microsoft is putting the finishing touches on a new storage-focused feature pack — part of the company’s Storage 1.0 platform — that will add new Blu-Ray media and smart-card driver functionality to Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008.
I hear the forthcoming storage feature pack was being tested by a number of folks in a private, non-disclosure-covered beta until recently. But now the information on the new feature pack is availalble for any/all to see on the Microsoft Connect site. From the site:
“There are 3 technologies available for this Pre-Release. Each will have its own installer:
“Active Storage Platform: This pre-release package enables the Windows platform to restrict access to portable devices (such as a USB Flash Device) via a certificate or password authentication based on the IEEE 1667 standard specification.
“Image Mastering API update for Blu-Ray media: This feature enables the Windows platform to do master style optical burning on Blu-Ray media.
“Smart Card Driver: This release provides support for new form factors, such as ICCD/CCID.
I asked Microsoft for further information and got this back from a company spokesperson:
“The (forthcoming storage pack) release is a follow-on to the feature pack released in 2007, which provided down-level optical platform support. The current feature pack plans to update the optical platform as well as provide support for some additional storage devices. The release plans have not been announced.”
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Reference : http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=1530

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