Googles VP9 codec coming to Microsofts Edge browser

Microsoft Edge logoMicrosoft has started developing support for Google's VP9 codec in its Edge browser.

Initial support will be restricted to streaming through the browser when used with MP4 or AAC audio. Microsoft is considering adding additional audio codecsOpus is often used with VP9, and Microsoft is also considering Ogg and Vorbis supportand extending support to support local playback. Microsoft intends to support both software decoding and, where possible, hardware decoding.

Longer term, Microsoft, Google, and a number of other big tech companies are working to build their own royalty-free codecs for use on the Internet in an effort called the Alliance for Open Media. Historic efforts by both Microsoft and Google to develop royalty-free codecs have met with opposition and patent claims from organizations that have performed video codec research and development. It's not yet clear how the Alliance will avoid these same patent traps.

The VP9 support will be available in an upcoming Windows 10 Insider Preview.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: browsers, Microsoft

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