Microsoft has announced that it will offer support for Dolby Digital Plus in Windows 8.
The Redmond-based software giant said that its upcoming Windows 8 OS will come with playback of Dolby-encoded files, saying it will include the feature out of the box. Microsoft Dolby Digital Plus support will be available on all Windows 8 versions, which include the version for ARM architecture.
“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,” said Tami Reller, CFO and CMO of Windows and Windows Live at Microsoft.
In contrast to THX – a marketing tool for equipment makers to raise costs, Dolby specification support is helpful to consumers.
Ramzi Haidamus, EVP of Sales and Marketing at Dolby, said, “Widespread availability of Dolby Digital Plus on Windows 8 will enable more people to enjoy cinematic sound anytime, anywhere, and on any device.”
While support for x86 has always been a standard for Microsoft operating systems, the company still wants users of ARM architecture to have continuous support. In order to boost its sales in the mobile devices market, support for high quality audio should help Microsoft stand up against the horde of Android tablets available today.