More Details on Windows 7 Media Decoder

Earlier this month we told you about what Microsoft had in store for Windows Media Player 12 in Windows 7. Now, Long Zheng at has posted slides from a presentation entitled “Video Improvements in Windows” for WinHEC 2008. The slides clearly identify which codecs will be supported natively and their profile limitations (i.e. max bitrates, resolutions, etc.). The only thing that I’m not accepting as accurate from the blog post is Long believes Windows 7 will transcode media files on the fly when you drag and drop them from your desktop to a your portable media player. Unless the device is one that’s recognized by the OS, I can’t see that happening as easily as say transcoding a file for a UPnP media player that transmits to the server which file types it supports. I guess we’ll see. [via]

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