STAYING AHEAD Nero’s Man Shows His Cards - Page 2
CDRINFO: Being a leading figure in a profitable and expanding corporation, what
are the main ingredients of your success?
J. Corbett: Our people. However I strongly believe that being able to deliver
what consumers really want in application software has been a critical factor
as well. We’re lucky in having quality people delivering quality products.
Put that alongside a loyal and committed customer base, and it’s probably
a strong recipe for success in any ones imagination. But at the end of the
day, we’re only as good as our customers allow us to be, and that’s
why we are totally committed to going that extra length to ensure we keep their
CDRINFO: There is a lot of pressure lately from the European Community, regarding
copy protection issues for DVD. Some companies have been forced to stop developing
their software or even move overseas to protect their company's advantages.
What is your opinion and where does Ahead stand on this issue? Will this impact
on Ahead’s plans?
J. Corbett: We totally respect Intellectual Property and the law. So we would
never do anything that would undermine this, and put our customers and company
CDRINFO: A couple of years back, Bill Gates announced optimistic plans regarding
Internet TV. How have Ahead and other software companies in general, reacted
to Microsoft's plans?
J. Corbett: Well we are expecting the Media Centre approach to become increasingly
popular, along with IP based home media servers. This is an area of great
interest for us, and there is a definite part for Ahead to play in the future
of the Internet based living room. Already some competitors have been following
the MS approach with PVR kind of applications, but we are working on a concept
CDRINFO: Microsoft was one of the main supporters of Mount Rainier. However,
its implementation under the Windows OS has not been announced yet. Has or
does Ahead plan to cooperate towards this direction and how closely will
UDF writing software (InCD, etc) be related to this effort?
J. Corbett: We’ve been spending a lot of energy in this direction, and
our InCD development team has a significant size. We’re not always privy
to what MS plan in their Operating Systems, but there have been plenty of rumours
about Longhorn and Mr Rainier packet writing integration. We’ll just
have to see, but we are totally committed to UDF and Mr Rainier support in
our InCD product.