Exclusive: Microsoft to Unveil Windows Media 9 Series

On Monday, Microsoft will reveal that its next-generation Windows Media products, code-named Corona, will be marketed as Windows Media 9 Series when released later this year. Windows Media 9 Series consists of new versions of Windows Media Player, Windows Media Audio and Video codecs, Windows Media Encoder and a new Windows Media Software Development Kit (SDK). Each of these products will be available in beta form to the public beginning September 4, when Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates hosts a Windows Media 9 Series launch event at the Hollywood and Highlands Complex in Los Angeles, California.

"Digital media has the potential to redefine the possibilities for new experiences and services over the Internet, in the living room and in companies around the world," says Will Poole, the vice president of the Windows Digital Media Division at Microsoft. "Windows Media 9 Series is designed to deliver the major step forward in functionality and performance the industry needs to realize this potential."

First demonstrated at Streaming Media East last December, Windows Media 9 Series promises to raise the bar yet again for streaming media speeds, quality, and size. But Windows Media 9 Series products aren't just focused on online content deliver. Microsoft will also announce that support for the Corona technologies will be built into next-generation home electronics devices as well.

Here's the new Windows Media 9 Series logo. I'll have more information on the SuperSite for Windows Monday.

TAGS: Windows 8
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