For a long time Windows has supported only a very small number of file formats; this is set to change. It looks like
the ususal practice of downloading codecs for other media file types or third-party software capable of playing particular file-types may come to an end in the next release of Windows – ‘Windows 7′.
The betas showed testers that Windows 7 is going to be able to play many more file types ‘out-of-the-box’, and that looks set to increase with the addition of the .MOV file-type. The announcement was tucked away on the Windows 7 Blog. The .MOV file-type, which is often used by digital cameras, is the primary file-type used by Apple’s Quicktime video player software; currently those who wish to play these files on Windows must download the Quicktime application from Apple. Having the codec included in Windows would make the process of playing the files much quicker by bypassing the need to download other software. This may see an uptick in the use of Windows’ own Media Player software.
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