Microsoft today revealed that they are adding support for three new media formats in Windows 10. Vorbis, Theora and Ogg will be supported natively by built-in and third-party apps.
Windows 10 has already got support for FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) with its initial release. Developers have decided to support more free formats. The OGG media container, Vorbis audio codec, and the Theora video codec will be available to all installed apps.
This information came from the Microsoft Edge platform development status page. It indicates that support for the OGG Container, Vorbis Audio Codec, and Theora Video Codec is coming to the whole Windows 10 device family, including PCs, Mixed Reality, Xbox, and Mobile. The exact release date for this feature is not specified yet, but we can guess that it will be implemented in Windows 10 Redstone 4.
Windows 10 is getting support for Vorbis for a reason. As you may already know, the company has discontinued their Groove Music Pass subscription service and is going to transfer all the subscribers to Spotify instead. Spotify is actively using the OGG/Vorbis codec in their streaming service and in the desktop app. Having native Vorbis support in Windows 10 will allow Microsoft and third party developers to implement a number of UWP (Store) apps for use with the Spotify service and make the Microsoft Store platform more attractive for developers and users. This can be one of the reasons for the upcoming change.
So, what do you think about this change? Do you use these media formats? Are you happy with these new formats being added or do you not care? Tell us in the comments.