Microsoft Officially Announces VP9 Support In Edge

Written by Michael Larabel in Microsoft on 8 September 2015 at 06:05 PM EDT. 37 Comments
Last week it was mentioned that Microsoft would support VP9 and other open-source codecs within their new Edge web-browser. Today there's an interesting blog post from Microsoft about their support for Google's VP9 video codec.

As of today, WebM and VP9 support is now found inside the development builds of Microsoft Edge! Microsoft describes VP9 as "an open source codec that offers efficient compression to stream HD content at lower bitrates, and is well suited to UHD streaming."

Microsoft is also said to be considering support for audio formats such as Opus. For the initial rollout, VP9 support will be concealed behind an experimental flag in Microsoft's new web browser. VP9 hardware decoding will also be exposed where supported.

A win for open-source!

More details on the VP9 support and for other open-source codecs in the future via this Windows blog post.
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