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Analysis of Microsoft’s Suicide Note (part 1)

If Windows XP was Microsoft’s attempt to embed a browser into the operating system then Vista is the attempt to embed DRM.
Vista’s target market is content producers and the underlying philosophy of the user experience will be far different than what many consumers expect it will be. Microsoft has attempted to plug the infamous “analog hole” as much as is possible by forcing all data through encryption algorithms. For those unaware of the costs of encryption it is sufficiently high. Pushing HD audio and video content through encryption/decryption routines is a tremendous strain on any system currently available and in the near future.

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Posted in digital rights and DRMs, Microsoft, Windows Vista.


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