: Windows Media 9"> Executive Summary: Windows Media 9
The best Windows Media yet, Version 9 improves usability, quality and streaming media creation. New licensing and codec options will make it easier to deploy in a variety of applications and platforms. However, it wont make users get rid of their other media players any time soon.
The player and encoding software for Windows Media 9 are all freely available. Licensing for using Windows Media codecs generally costs half the price of MPEG licenses, and Windows Media 9 doesnt charge based on content. (+) More open licensing and codec options; much-improved encoder; useful player enhancements. (-) Most player enhancements available only on Windows XP; wont natively create media in other formats. EVALUATION SHORT LIST
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