Microsoft Windows 8 will support Dolby Digital Plus
Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 operating system will support the playback of Dolby-encoded files, with the firm saying it will offer out-of-the-box support. According to Microsoft, Dolby Digital Plus will be supported on all versions of Windows 8 including the ARM architecture.
Tami Reller, CFO and CMO of Windows and Windows Live at Microsoft said, “With the incredible growth of online download and streaming media, particularly for video content, this agreement ensures a great audio experience for those consumers who wish to download or stream TV and movies containing Dolby Digital Plus. Additionally, all of their existing and future home videos recorded with Dolby Digital Plus audio will work great on Windows 8 right out of the box.”
Unlike THX, which is largely a marketing tool for equipment makers to bump up prices, support of Dolby’s specifications is useful to consumers.
While Ramzi Haidamus, EVP of sales and marketing at Dolby might have been pushing the boat out when he said, “Widespread availability of Dolby Digital Plus on Windows 8 will enable more people to enjoy cinematic sound anytime, anywhere, and on any device,” support of Dolby Digital Plus will certainly be welcome for those that use personal computers or tablets to watch movies.
Microsoft’s support of Dolby Digital Plus on both x86 and ARM architectures highlights once again how the firm is not cutting back on support when it comes to Windows for ARM. For Microsoft, high quality audio could be a handy selling point in its impending marketing battle with the multitude of Android tablets.