Microsoft adds support for VP9 video codec to Edge




Microsoft has announced that WebM / VP9 support now in development for Microsoft Edge. The open source codec VP9 succeeds VP8 and developed by Google. VP9 to be a substitute for h264, partly because it is completely open source and royalty free.

That requires Microsoft on its developer blog. The first implementation of VP9 in the Edge Browser will be available via a Windows Insider Preview build. Initially decoding software happen. In a later stage, there is, depending on the hardware, hardware decode added. Partly for that reason VP9 initially housed behind an experimental flag in Edge, while the company continues to work on a broader hardware support. Users can view their experimental flag settings via “about: flags” in the browser, where an institution is available to turn on or off VP9 support.

Microsoft will build support for the codec of one of his biggest rivals is not so crazy. Recently, the company began working with other companies and institutions with an initiative called the Alliance for Open Media. Google is also included in the group. The goal of this collaboration is to develop media formats and codecs for the public domain. Whether this means the further development of VP9 part of the roadmap of the alliance will be, this is not yet clear. The alliance later this year with the roadmap.

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