Microsoft releases Web Media Extensions

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From a long time Microsoft working on to bring support for various media formats on Windows 10. And now support for few more extensions arrived. Microsoft release a new media extension via Microsoft Store.

Windows 10 already support other open media formats such as MKV, WebM video container format, as well as the Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC). Recently they also added support for Opus audio codec.

WHAT IS IT?

Web Media Extensions will bring support for few media formats such as Ogg, Theora, Vorbis. The purpose of this extensions is to enhances Windows 10 experience by letting users to you play more file types on across the devices – without having to leave your favorite app.

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The Web Media Extensions will extends Microsoft Edge and Windows 10 to support open source formats commonly encountered on the web. With Web Media Extensions user will be able to encode OGG extensions which is designed to provide for efficient streaming. Not only Edge any Universal Windows Platform app can also take advantage of this without user mediation.

With the installation of this multimedia file extensions package, users will be able to play back native content provided in the OGG or encoded container using the Vorbis or Theora codecs.

I have tested this extensions and it just work as I expected. In case if you are wondering, after installing the app the Launch button from Windows Store will open Movies and TV app. In order to take advantage of this extension your system must be updated with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. (Build 16299 or higher).

It’s quite strange why Microsoft introducing such media format support via an app. I suspect that it’s because of an open source license. As it appeared on Microsoft Store the extension will be available for Windows 10 PCs, Mobile, Xbox as well as also for HoloLens. To be honest I am not so sure about Windows 10 Mobile. You can go ahead and download the it from here via Microsoft Store.