Microsoft is considering hard-coding the startup sound for it’s next OS Platform, Microsoft Vista. Robert Scoble blogs about this here.
Robert relates a conversation he had with Steve Ball, group program manager for the Windows Audio Video Excellence team. Steve explains to Robert some of the reasons they are considering doing this.
I don’t have a really strong opinion either way – with one exception. I use Windows Media Center. It’s a PC connected to my plasma TV, and my surround sound system. I would HATE to listen to the Vista startup sound over my surround sound every time I reboot that PC. Unexpected noises can be pretty startling – especially coming from 8 speakers.
I would like to suggest that the MCE (Media Center Edition) of Vista be exempt from this, even if it ends up being part of the baseline product.
Don’t share your thoughts with me – go comment on Robert’s post – MS reads that.