Windows 7 to add native .mov video file support


— 6:00 AM on February 27, 2009

While many Mac users absolutely swear by Apple's software, Windows users don't always have the same enthusiasm for applications like QuickTime and iTunes. Well, with Windows 7, those folks many no longer have to deal with QuickTime—or hunt for more obscure third-party alternatives. As TechRadar points out, the Windows Media Player build in the upcoming Windows 7 release candidate will have support for .mov videos out of the box.

Don't just take the site's word for it. You can see Microsoft reveal the move for yourself in a post on the Engineering Windows 7 blog. The post details a number of changes in the upcoming RC build, from new alt-tab behavior and taskbar scaling to User Account Control security tweaks and more straightforward networking management. Under the "Windows Media Player" section, the blog post reads:

21. Improved playback support for video content from digital camcorders and cameras

Customers loved the increased range of formats natively supported by the Windows 7 Beta, but noticed areas where they wanted broader support. For example, one was unable to seek to a specific spot in the video in Windows Media Player or Windows Media Center for AVCHD content that was imported from a digital camcorder. We've addressed this. Also, while the support for video from some digital cameras worked great, we also got feedback about supporting a broader set of devices out of the box. We've since added support for Windows Media Player to natively support the .MOV files used to capture video for many common digital cameras.

That should definitely remove the need for QuickTime on a good number of Windows PCs. Of course, the .mov container format is also used for online video (like on Apple's movie trailers website), and Microsoft doesn't mention whether the Windows Media Player plugin will be able to fill in for Apple's software there. If recent reports are accurate, you may be able to find out for yourself on April 10.

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