Finally. The 8 engineering team has just confirmed that 8 OS will ship with built-in ISO mounting and VHD (virtual hard disk) support. Both features are expected to be integral components of the 8 Explorer ribbon menu. Double-clicking an ISO file will finally act like a physical disc out of the box.

Without installing third-party software, ISO’s can only be used in Windows when burned to a blank CD or DVD. In , ISO files will be treated exactly the same way they are with Daemon Tools or ISO Buster; the contents will open as the file is mounted to a virtual drive.

Native support for Virtual Hard Drives will allow the contents of that ISO to be modified or edited like any other physical drive. As expected ISO and VHD support is targeted primarily at advanced users. Let’s just hope the features find their way into all versions of Windows 8 .

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