Windows 8 won't use Dolby Technologies
Microsoft may be looking to license the required technology from another provider, the announcement saw Dolby stocks plummet 18% on Friday
It has come to light that Microsoft's forthcoming Windows 8 operating system (OS) will not support Dolby Digital audio.
The statement was disclosed by Dolby Laboratories during their post-earnings conference call, and revealed to Forbes. Dolby has always relied on revenues generated by the licensing of its technologies, and the majority of its licensing has always come from the OS level.
If Microsoft does not include Dolby Technology support in the forthcoming operating system, the company will need to develop new licensing agreements with PC and equipment manufacturers, as well as third party companies such as developers and distributors.
After the announcement of the absence of Dolby Technologies in Windows 8, Dolby Laboratories' shares fell 18% during Friday trading.
While Microsoft may license audio technology from another provider, it's possible a deal may yet be reached with Dolby Laboratories.