Windows 10 Will Support (Almost) All Of Your Favourite Video & Audio Formats

While there are still a number of competing multimedia formats, there are a few that you can always count on — H.264, AAC, FLAC and containers such as MKV. There's nothing more frustrating though than having software that doesn't want to play nice with these and Windows takes the cake for requiring either a codec pack or an alternative player after a fresh install. Fortunately, Microsoft is taking a more serious look at the supported audio and video formats in Windows 10.

This post was originally published on Lifehacker Australia.

Microsoft's Engineering General Manager Gabriel Aul tweeted the above image of Media Player in Windows 10, which shows several music files with the "flac" file type. Aul also tweeted earlier this month that Windows 10 will support the MKV container format as well as High Efficiency Video Coding, otherwise known as HEVC or H.265.

VLC has become the media player of choice for most savvy users and it handles pretty much anything you throw at it, but that doesn't mean Microsoft should ignore what formats and codecs are popular. While WMA and WMV have their place, we know they're not frequently used online, where it's a combination of MP4 or MKV and H.264 with ACC or MP3.

It's about now you realise you know far too many acronyms...

[Twitter, via gHacks]



    Which formats doesn't it support?

    Who uses Windows Media Player anyway?

    VLC all the way. And Winamp for my MP3's (that's right, I still use Winamp. It kicks the llama's ass).

      Correct me if I'm wrong on this, but I don't think VLC does hardware decoding? It always seems to use more CPU than Media Player Classic.

      Even really old versions of Winamp kick the ass. (We say arse here in Australia, if referring to the kicking of butt. An ass is a donkey. Kick the llama's donkey? LoL)

      Last edited 29/11/14 6:27 pm

        Yes, I am aware of the difference between arse and ass. But, the audio says "ass" as it's American, so I was quoting that :)

          And the Winamp audio intro also says 'whips', not 'kicks'.

      Maybe people that care about quality codec support? Using the standard windows API?

    It's only taken Microshite 35 years or so to achieve this.

      H.256 only came out in 2013, yeah 35 years. And we'll 35years predates all those codecs. Good on ya.

    Windows 7 has supported all of these codecs except h.265 for years. Mkv container just needs matroska splitter.

    Why this is being made a big deal about windows 10 I do not understand.

      From my experience Windows 7 does not support flac.

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