Microsoft releases new media players

Microsoft's Video 8 player allows near-DVD (digital versatile disk) quality video images at 500Kbps, with 640-by-480 pixel resolution at 24 frames per second, according to a Microsoft news release. A broadband Internet connection about 10 times as fast as dial-up access, like mid-range DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) is needed for 500Kbps connections. Near-VHS quality can be maintained at rates of 250Kbps with 320-by-240 pixel resolution at 24 frames per second, the company said.

The audio player can compress a music file to 48Kbps and retain near-CD quality sound, and provide CD-quality sound at 64Kbps, according to the Microsoft release. A typical MP3 music file is compressed at 128Kbps, making Windows Audio 8 files three times smaller by comparison.

The players are available for download at http://www.windowsmedia.com/. Both media players incorporate digital rights management features absent in the more commonly used MPEG and MP3 file formats. Digital rights management prevents users from unauthorised copying and distribution of the files, as has happened on the Napster file-sharing service.

Windows Media Audio and Video 8 will be supported by the Windows XP operating system, the next version of the Windows operating system. The player's codecs are compatible with Microsoft Windows Media Player versions 7 and 6.4, as well as the Windows Media Player 7 for Mac, also released Wednesday.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?