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Encyclopedia > Windows Media

Windows Media is a multimedia framework for media creation and distribution for Microsoft Windows. It consists of a software development kit with several application programming interfaces and a number of prebuilt technologies. The following are part of Windows Media: A multimedia framework is a software structure (usually a set of software libraries) that handles media on a computer and through a network. ... Microsoft Windows is the name of several families of proprietary software operating systems by Microsoft. ... A software development kit (SDK or devkit) is typically a set of development tools that allows a software engineer to create applications for a certain software package, software framework, hardware platform, computer system, video game console, operating system or similar. ... A application programming interface (API) is the interface that a computer system, library or application provides in order to allow requests for services to be made of it by other computer programs, and/or to allow data to be exchanged between them. ...

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Applications

Microsoft Windows Media Encoder is a production tool that enables content developers to convert both live and prerecorded audio, video, and computer screen images to Windows Media Format for live and on-demand delivery. ... Windows Media Player (WMP) is a digital media player and media library application developed by Microsoft that is used for playing audio, video and images on personal computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system, as well as on Pocket PC and Windows Mobile-based devices. ... Windows Media Services (WMS) is a software component of Microsoft Windows Server that allows an administrator to generate streaming media (audio/video). ...

Formats

Advanced Systems Format (formerly Advanced Streaming Format) is Microsofts proprietary digital audio/digital video container format, especially meant for streaming media. ... Windows Media Audio (WMA) is a proprietary compressed audio file format developed by Microsoft. ... Windows Media Photo (WMPhoto), a part of the Windows Media family, is a high compression still image format for continuous tone photographic images, developed by Andrew Gordon of Microsoft. ... Windows Media Video (WMV) is a generic name for the set of video codec technologies developed by Microsoft. ...

Other

Microsofts streaming server Microsoft Media Services (also called NetShow Services) uses the Microsoft Media Server (MMS) protocol to transfer unicast data. ... Windows Media DRM is a Digital Rights Management service for the Windows Media platform. ... Digital Rights Management (generally abbreviated to DRM) is an umbrella term that refers to any of several technologies used by publishers or copyright owners to control access to and usage of digital data or hardware, and to restrictions associated with a specific instance of a digital work or device. ... Windows Media Video High Definition is a software technology by Microsoft which makes it possible to watch high definition movies in 1280×720 (720p) or 1920×1080 (1080p) resolution. ... A typical Windows XP MCE 2005 Menu Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE) was a version of Windows XP designed to serve as a home-entertainment hub. ... Windows XP is a line of proprietary operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on general-purpose computer systems, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ... It has been suggested that Media Server be merged into this article or section. ...

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