Microsoft Edge will support this summer Google’s WebM video format

Apr

20

2016

With the advent of the Anniversary Edition of Windows 10 this summer will Microsoft Edge-browser support for Google’s open source WebM container format. In recent Windows 10 Insider Build the support already built.

From Build 14291 Windows 10, which is currently available to test users in the fast ring ‘Edge can handle WebM and thus with the VP9 video codec and the Opus audio codec, Microsoft reported. Sometime this summer, Microsoft brings the functionality, along with many other additions, the Anniversary Update to the operating system.

Microsoft claims to build support to make it easier to build interoperable Web sites and to provide an alternative format for compressing 4K video content. The company VP9 and Opus mentions efficient codecs, but it suggests that there VP9 is little support for hardware decoding, unlike h264.

At the same time Microsoft shows that decoding by software can result in a higher resolution to a significant decrease of the battery life. The VP9 support is therefore still experimental and is automatically enabled as support for hardware acceleration is detected. Also VP9 is not yet supported on Windows 10 Mobile.

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