Dolby admitted on Thursday that current builds of Windows 8 do not include the company’s Dolby Digital Plus technologies.
Dolby revealed the omission on a post-earnings conference call on Thursday. “We have recently learned that our technologies are not currently included in the Windows 8 operating system under development,” said a statement by Dolby. “If our technologies are not included in the commercial version of Windows 8, we expect to support DVD playback functionality by increasingly licensing our technologies directly to OEMs and ISVs, and we will seek to extend our technologies to further support online content playback.”
Microsoft previously included support for Dolby Digital Plus directly into Windows 7. The support allows DVD playback of up to 7.1 channels of high-def surround sound. Forbes reports that Dolby’s shares are trading lower on Friday after Dolby’s announcement. At the time of writing, Dolby’s stock is down 17%. The lack of Dolby support in Windows 8 could point to Microsoft licensing DVD Playback software from another vendor or providing a different option for Windows 8 customers.
Microsoft will announce its Windows 8 plans at the company’s BUILD developer conference in Anaheim, California next month. Microsoft has promised that developers and hardware manufacturers will get their first experience of Windows 8 at BUILD.