MICROSOFT EDGE is like Derek Zoolander: very pretty, but doesn't do an awful lot. Except maybe 'blue steel of death' when it goes wrong. Arf.
Microsoft has been talking about new streaming formats in the browser coming with the Anniversary Edition that are starting to roll out to young disciples on the Insider Programme.
This follows the announcement of extension support, which should be a game-changer for the pretty-but-dumb Edge browser as ports from Chrome are set to be a doddle.
A statement from the Microsoft Edge Team reads: "Starting with EdgeHTML 14.14291, the open source WebM container format and the VP9 video and Opus audio codecs are supported in Microsoft Edge.
"These are available to websites that use Media Source Extensions to adaptively stream video content. Windows Web Apps (built on the same Edge APIs) will also be able to use WebM streams containing VP9 and Opus. This change will be available in stable releases starting with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update."
VP9 is actually a Google creation, part of its WebM Project and the Alliance for Open Media, which aims to eliminate the chaos of multiple codecs that are frustrating for the user and an insane security risk.
Meanwhile, Opus was developed by Xiph to support speech, RTC applications and high-quality media playback, and will be the primary audio codec paired with VP9 in the WebM spec.
Microsoft said: "We are adding support for these formats to simplify building interoperable websites, and to provide an alternative format for compressing 4K video content."
Microsoft has warned that these codecs do take extra compute power and may affect lower-end laptops. They can be disabled if you run into problems as the impact can be as much as 20 percent on a 1080p (Blu-ray quality) video alone.
So watch out for your browser coughing and complaining about 'the black lung, pop'. µ
Oh and it'll also help give aural pleasure
But it might still not be enough to make virtual reality super appealing
And a ridiculous competition
Now you can talk to your silly-looking earbuds too