OGG, Vorbis, and Theora support added to Windows 10 with new Microsoft app

Web Media Extensions

Called Web Media Extensions (opens in new tab) (via Aggiornamenti Lumia), the app adds support for additional file formats in Microsoft Edge, as well as Windows 10 as a whole. This negates the need for installing individual codecs to add system-wide support for media formats that Windows 10 doesn't support from the outset.

Available for free, Web Media Extensions includes support for the OFF Container, as well as Vorbis and Theora decoders across the whole system. The Store listing notes that it is available for PC, Xbox One, HoloLens, and Mobile. Any app or program that needs to play the media file formats covered will be able to do so once Web Media Extensions is installed.

In any case, if you have a need to play these open formats on your PC, you can grab Web Media Extensions for free from the Microsoft Store now.

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  • Haha... Its available on Mobile - and can't be installed because Mobile never got the 16299 update.
  • VLC always FTW!!! Anytime, anyplace, always.
  • This is great. I'm glad they keep adding more codecs. First MKV and FLAC, then HEVC, now this. Having to scour the internet for codecs was silly.
  • False advertising.  They need to remove Mobile from the list.
  • No, they don't. I have a Lumia 950 that was insider fast ring, I recently restored it via the desktop app and brought it up to date via the recently released console desktop app. TL;DR My device is on stable ring I installed the app with no issues and it does work.
  • The app name is really confusing, especially it works for whole system, not just Edge. Also, for such useful free plug-in, why not directly add it as part of system update? I don't see the point to let user discovery and download the app manually.
  • Because people keep bashing Microsoft for adding new features via Store without their permission. That's what happened with Photos extension, and there are couple low-star reviews under HEVC codec.
    Indeed, it's not a bad thing to let users choose, but people really exaggerate nowadays. On the other hand, Microsoft could notify about this being released...
  • It is meant to be parsed as "Web Media" Extensions: Extensions to handle more types of "Web Media"; not as Web "Media Extensions" -- Media Extensions for the Web.
  • As far as why make it a separate store download, I have a hypothesis: This gives it a unique persistent URL, so an app that needs it can link to the store for the user to download it, versus a KB number, which could point to an out of date patch. It also allows the system to maintain an independent version number for theese extensions, for much the same reason. Making it part of the store instead of a system update seems to indicate that it is "safer" than a system update and thus can be installed even on machines with limited user access (i.e. corporate machines where they lock down system updates except through IT)
  • HEIF support needed.
  • YAY Ogg Vorbis!
  • Isn't available for 1607. Useless!
  • Maybe they did this to avoid having to pay for the codecs.