MICROSOFT IS ADDING native support for advanced video and audio codecs to its Windows 10 Developer Preview.
The publicly private test of the company's next generation operating system is receiving upgrades on a regular basis, some of which are popping up with little fanfare and a big impact.
This latest batch consists of some new, natively supported protocols that, despite their widespread use, have always been hitherto accessed through plug-in codecs.
MKV is the de facto standard for high definition video, thanks to its ability to contain video, audio, subtitle and other encoded data with excellent quality and support for compression that makes it viable for home use.
One such example is High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), which is also introduced. HEVC is the successor compression standard to V.264 and is a more efficient standard that will hopefully mean we won't have a capacity crisis every time we shoot something in 4K video.
Finally FLAC, the lossless audio format beloved of audiophiles everywhere, has also arrived, meaning that hipsters who claim to be able to tell the difference will be able to listen to their vinyl rips of Captain Beefheart at the space guzzling size they were meant to be heard at.
The Windows 10 Preview was downloaded over a million times in its first week and is receiving fairly positive reviews from the public at large.
Although we found that there wasn't enough to differentiate it from Windows 8.1 at the time, it is constantly evolving and will continue to do so over the next year before it becomes publicly available to buy in the latter half of 2015. µ
And some have yet to be fully mitigated
The 7nm chip promises to be a powerhouse
Mozilla's Monitor 2.0 is adding notifications for website breaches
And he's not too hot on the arrangements for the Tokyo Olympics either