Dolby Digital Plus Added To Windows 8
Microsoft has announced support for Dolby Digital Plus on Windows 8. According to the official statement, it will be supported all across the Windows 8 platform, including Windows RT that will be running on ARM processors. This announcement was penned by Tami Reller, CFO and CMO of Windows and Windows Live at Microsoft.
This is what she had to say about the agreement: –
“”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.”
As opposed to the THX certification, which is primarily profit driven for device manufacturers, support for Dolby Digital Plus is actually going to be useful for consumers.
Dolby has definitely been pushing for the certification as something that would really workout well for the consumer by enabling them to enjoy cinematic sound everywhere they go on every device. Provided that the device supports it of course. And it is true for most part. For consumers who are into streaming and downloading a lot of media content, this would be quite the helpful thing to have.
Since the ARM version of Windows 8 will also be carrying the Dolby-decoder, tablets and possibly even smartphones running Windows 8 would be able to take advantage of this decoder. This would really help Microsoft use it as a selling point for portable device with great entertainment features. It will come in handy whilst competing with the likes of Apple’s iPad and the varied number of Android devices.