Microsoft decided to add native support for popular audio and video codecs, such as DivX, XviD, H.264, and AAC, to the upcoming version of Windows. Here's a look at all the decoders that Windows 7 will feature:
More info about the Windows 7 decoders and encoders can be found at istartedsomething
. The site also unveils Microsoft will build transcoding capabilities right into the Windows 7 shell:
From what I can at least gather from the presentation, transcoding is actually built right into the Windows 7 shell. That is, if you drag and drop a video from your desktop to your portable media player, the conversion will happen automatically. Personally, anything that removes unnecessary third-party bloatware to add content to portable devices gets my vote.