Windows 8 Will Have Built-in Dolby Digital Plus Support

Pulkit Chandna

Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 operating system will incorporate Dolby Digital Plus audio technology, it has been announced. In a press release on Thursday, California-based Dolby Laboratories revealed that its deal with Microsoft covers both x86- and ARM-based Windows devices.

According to the company, Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows RT will all come with built-in support for Dolby Digital Plus 5.1-channel decoding and Dolby Digital two-channel encoding. While the technology is fairly ubiquitous and can be found in most Windows 7 and Vista PCs, the Californian firm had seemed unsure about its chances of being included in Windows 8 during an earnings call last year.

"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," said Tami Reller, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Marketing Officer, Windows and Windows Live, Microsoft. "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 per AllThingsD, OEMs will have to license the technology directly from Dolby for their Windows 8 PCs, with PCs with optical disc drives attracting a higher fee.

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