Microsoft talks about building a rich and extensible media platform in Windows 8
In the next in their Building Windows 8 articles, Microsoft talks about the rich and extensible media platform in Windows 8.
This is how Microsoft starts the new article:
Engaging with rich media—whether watching a movie, video chatting, or playing music—is one of the most prevalent and enjoyable things we do on our PCs today. I’d like to talk a little bit about the work we’ve done in Windows 8 to make a rich variety of multimedia activities possible, and to extend those capabilities to third party developers through an extensible media platform.
We had three goals in mind when designing the Windows 8 media platform:
- Maximize performance. We wanted media playback to be fast and responsive, enabling the full power of the hardware while maximizing battery life on each PC.
- Simplify development and extensibility. We wanted to provide a platform that could be easily extended and tailored for a given application, setting the stage for innovative custom media apps on Windows.
- Enable a breadth of scenarios. A high performance, high efficiency, extensible platform can then enable a wide range of music, video, communications, and other multimedia apps.
With these three goals in mind, we set out to reimagine the media experience on the Windows platform.
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