Vorbis, Theora, and Ogg media formats are set to arrive on Windows 10

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Vorbis, Theora, and Ogg

We found out last month that Microsoft was working on native support for the free Vorbis, Theora and Ogg media formats on Windows 10. You can now download the codecs from the Windows Store.

Windows 10 was already supporting a wide range of media formats via native support and third-party apps. Redmond added support for the Free Lossless Audio Codec on Windows together with the launch of Windows 10 just a few years ago.

Microsoft made a statement contained in an app that’s called Web Media Extensions.

Web Media Extensions enhance Edge and Windows 10 support

Microsoft said that the Web Media Extensions package extends Microsoft Edge and Windows 10 to support open source formats that are usually encountered on the web.

After installing the Media Extension package, you’ll be able to natively play content delivered in the OGG container or encoded via the Vorbis or Theora codecs. After you install the extension, it will be automatically used by both apps and websites without requiring any action from the user. All you will have to do is to install and play new content on Microsoft Edge and apps.

In the end, Microsoft lists the included technologies: OGG Container Parser, Vorbis Decoder, and Theora Decoder.

After you install these codecs for Microsoft Edge, they will also be available for other apps and the most suited one is the Spotify app. The codec will be license-free and native support on

More apps could be improved over time

Windows means that more apps will be able to take advantage of it pretty soon. Spotify will be able to achieve better efficiency and performance on its desktop app, or it could build a new UWP app without the hassle that would come when porting its custom Vorbis decoders to the UWP.

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