A roundup of Microsoft-related news this afternoon:
- Microsoft says it’s not going to be automatically including Windows Media Center in Windows 8, though users will be able to add it through the “Add Features to Windows 8” control panel, according to an official Building Windows 8 blog post.
Windows Media Player will apparently continue to be available in Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro editions, but without DVD playback support. From what we can tell, based on an earlier Microsoft blog post, though, Windows Media Player will not be available in Windows RT, Microsoft’s official name for Windows on ARM.
- Dolby Laboratories announced today that Microosft has selected Dolby Digital Plus for audio on Windows 8 on tablets and PCs. Neither Dolby nor MIcrosoft would comment on whether Dolby will be used exclusively on Windows 8 devices.
The announcement is apparently a follow-up to Dolby’s warning to shareholders last August that its audio/DVD playback technologies were unlikely to be incorporated into Windows 8, according to ZDNet.
Dolby’s shares shot up in after-hours trading to $46 — a 22 percent increase.
- Windows Phone is sponsoring a horse — Hansen — in the Kentucky Derby. Windows Phone designs will be adorning the silks of Hansen’s jockey, Ramon Dominguez.
In conjunction with that, Microsoft is sponsoring a Twitter contest, giving away two Lumia 900s. The contest ends at 5 p.m. Saturday Pacific time. More details are here.
- Microsoft’s Office 365 was granted a security certification from The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). Microsoft said in a blog post that it received its Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) certification, one of several global privacy and security standards. The BBG is an independent entitty responsible for all U.S. government and government-sponsored, non-military, international broadcasting.