Windows 10 users say hello to Ogg, Theora and Vorbis

By: George Finley
2 minute read
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Windows 10 users that might have wanted to see open formats like Ogg, Theora or Vorbis pop up on Microsoft’s platform should know that the three aforementioned formats are coming to Windows 10. According to the development status webpage for Microsoft Edge, Windows users are indeed getting their hands on these three formats.

Not just Microsoft Edge

With the three formats listed as in development on the Microsoft Edge page, it’s easy to mistake that Microsoft’s browser is the only one getting access to Ogg, Vorbis, and Theora.

However, there are more platforms that will benefit from this implementation, starting with the desktop and stretching across Microsoft’s collection of proprietary software and platforms.

Getting in line

While Microsoft Edge is a new player when it comes to the three open formats, the other two major browsers on the market (Chrome and Firefox) already offer integration in one form or another for these important tools. Their implementation, heavily welcomed by many, will not be a revolutionary initiative but merely a way for Edge to edge closer to its competitors.

Third party ramifications

This sort of implementation affects more than just Microsoft’s proprietary services.

For instance, once the Vorbis audio codec becomes an integral part of Windows 10, Spotify’s desktop application will no longer need to provide support for the codec. This opens up possibilities for both Microsoft and the developers it is working with.

Edge’s growth

Since it was first released, Microsoft Edge has made some very important changes in the way it looks and feels, but most importantly in the way it functions.  While its debut felt somewhat lackluster, its current form is one that can go toe to toe with the biggest browsers out there.

In multiple studies and recently performed tests, it has been determined that Edge is actually the safest browser out of the three and even the fastest in multiple instances.

If the browser continues to grow, there’s no telling what it can achieve. The implementation of Vorbis, Theora and Ogg will no doubt prove to be important moves as these new assets are more than just fresh blood to reinvigorate the platform.

In time, they can prove to be important building blocks for even more features and options that users can enjoy.

Release

With the only thing known about the implementation is that the three formats are still under development, it’s hard to pin down a precise release date Windows users should keep an eye out.

For the moment, there’s nothing left than to wait and see when Microsoft decides to announce something more than what is already known.

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