It’s probably no coincidence that Samsung and Seagate both recently announced the introduction of their hybrid hard drives for notebook computers. Other manufacturers of hard drives, that don’t also have a flash memory production capacity (like Seagate) will receive help from Microsoft in trying to establish partnerships to make hybrid hard drives an industry standard. It will be interesting to see if this requirement drives laptop manufacturers to start including hybrid drives before the June 2007 requirement hits, and subsequently, if it will be used as a selling point for customers with an eye to the future.
Update: It’s been brought to our attention that the hybrid hard drive requirement for Vista Premium was mis-interpreted by TG Daily. Engadget has more details available here.
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