Windows 10 Previews

Two New Windows 10 Previews Launched by Microsoft with High Efficiency Image File Format

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Today Microsoft launched two new previews of Windows 10 for PC. Both the constructs include reinforcement for format of the “HEIF” or High Efficiency Image File, but they splits from there. It’s a sparse occurrence for the Insider program to get these two new assembled on the exact day, although the last time when it took place was only a month back. That’s cause of Microsoft is advancing two new Windows updates all at once.

The first build include as a part of the RS4 branch that represents the next update of Windows 10, which the company is yet to announce, but that probably might be shipped in April. And the second build comes from the RS5 branch, which also represents the update of Windows 10, and this one will be coming much later in this year only.

Windows 10 is a service and that particularly means it was created in a very variant way from its predecessors so that it can be daily updated with not just only fixes, but with new features as well. Microsoft has disclosed four significant updates till date.

The builds of the RS4 supports for the HIEF- an image container, which ports modern codes such as ; HEVC for quality enhancement, capabilities and compression over the past formats such as; GIF, JPEG, and PNG. HEIF also underpins encoding image collections, image sequences, auxiliary images such as; depth or alpha maps, audio, video, live images, and HDR.

Although one will not be able to edit HEIF images yet in Windows 10, and it’s strictly only about viewing image.

In order to have a grip on the HIEF, one got to join the program of Windows 10 Preview app for the photos app, making sure they are running on the 2018.180022.13740.0 version, or even advanced. Then within photos app, one need to install the dependences such as; HEVC and HEIF media extensions from the available “Microsoft Store”.

HEIF will then be supported in the app for Photos, for metadata and thumbnails in the File Explorer, and in any such application using XAML Image control, WIC, or the WinRTImagingAPIs. As for the RS5 build only a few number of user opt for the “Skip Ahead”, as Microsoft still requires testers helping with the RS4.