Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 to add support for Dolby Audio format

The Microsoft Edge web browser that's being included in Windows 10 will support a number of audio formats, including one from a company well known in that industry: Dolby. Today, Microsoft revealed that Edge will support the Dolby Audio format for websites that have HTML5, MSE and EME support.

Microsoft says:

"Dolby Audio supports the multi-channel Dolby Digital Plus audio format that provides crisp, clear audio in a broad range of channel configurations. Microsoft Edge is the first browser to include support for Dolby Digital Plus. Websites will now be able to selectively support Dolby Audio as a premium sound experience, and use HTML5, MSE and EME capability checks to fall back to other supported formats on browsers other than Microsoft Edge.""Windows 10 includes support for the Dolby Digital Plus Portable Mode, which is a dynamic range control setting that is optimized for playback over built-in speakers and headphones. Dolby content will play back louder and clearer with a dynamic range more appropriate for portable devices. This improves the experience from Windows 8 where content could occasionally render softly over built-in speakers and headphones, and the advantages will apply equally to websites running in Microsoft Edge.""Dolby Audio is compatible with current DASH (MP4) and HLS (M2TS) file formats, and so can be included with progressive download HTML5 content, adaptive streaming HLS or MSE/EME MP4 content."

Dolby has already launched an interactive website, the Dolby Audio Experience, that demos the new format in the Edge web browser.

Source: Microsoft

John Callaham