Executive Summary

By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2003-01-20 Print this article Print

: Windows Media 9"> Executive Summary: Windows Media 9

Usability Excellent
Capability Good
Performance Good
Interoperability Fair
Manageability Good
Scalability Good
Security Good
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.

  • RealNetworks RealOne
  • Apples QuickTime
  • MPEG
  • www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia

    Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr RapozaÔÇÖs current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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