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Provide a rich media experience with windows 8

  1. 1. Provide a Rich Media Experience with Windows 8Microsoft designed Windows 8 to enable its users to engage in a variety of rich multimedia a ctivities.Offering microsoft development experts to engage with these capabilities through an extensible mediaplatform was also one of their goals. As compared to other vers ions of Windows, Microsoft hasremarkably improved its media experience in Windows 8. Right from the codec support to UI of the mediaplayers, they have designed this media experience to:  Simplify Development: A platform that could be easily extended and tailored during application development that enables developers to build innovative custom media apps on Windows.  Maximize Performance: Media playback is fast and responsive, enabling the full power of the hardware while maximizing battery life on each PC. This platform would then enable a wide range of multimedia apps, music, video, etc.With Windows 8 media platform, those involved in Microsoft development can deliver a fluid andresponsive media experience along with great battery life. Microsoft claim s that it has engineeredWindows to provide a great user experience. As media applications continue to evolve further at a rapidpace, the media platform that Windows 8 offers will enable these experiences to stand out across allWindows 8 PCs. Some of the key features of Windows 8 with regards to media application developmentare:Multiple Media Scenarios SupportFeatures like seamless connection to external media devices, support for modern video formats and low-latency communication streams forms an integral aspect of the Windows 8 platform. Performance isimportant as are the features of Windows 8 that are enhanced because of the performance.Low LatencyWindows 8 is designed to support both playback-optimized and communication-optimized scenarios. Thishelps drastically reduce or even avoid end-to-end delay that is caused as a result of buffering. The mediainfrastructure switches between a playback mode (high buffering, more tolerant of varying conditions) anda communications-optimized mode (low delay) to achieve this.Extended Battery LifeOne of the most important features that the Windows 8 platform offers is extended battery life (reducedpower consumption) during audio playback. The audio playback pipeline has been drastically improvedby batching up large chunks of audio data and processing that chunk at one time. This increasesefficiency during steady-state playback. The CPU can stay off for over 100 times longer (over 1 secondvs. 10ms), which in turn results in increased battery life during audio playback.Seamless Playback of Premium ContentEnabling seamless playback of high definition, premium video content is another important feature thatWindows 8 offers. Unlike any other video content, premium video content requires two substantialplatform features in order to deliver the best experience. These include adaptive bitrate streaming andcontent protection. Both these aspects are offered by Windows 8.There are a host of other important features other than the ones mentioned above that m ake Windows 8the most desirable platform for Microsoft development enthusiasts. The internal software structureimprovements in Windows 8 will make it simple to use and share media across devices.