Microsoft officially joins the HEVC codec “consortium”

HEVC. H.265/High-Efficiency Video Compression (HEVC) is a new generation of video compression technology that can provide up to 50% higher compression ratios than previous standards. Thanks to its superiority, HEVC is now extremely popularly used by programmers and creators around the world.

While Microsoft provides support for the HEVC codec, in some cases Windows users have to buy it from the Store for $0.99.

However, this may soon change in the near future. According to the latest report from Access Advance, Microsoft has officially become the “Licensor” and “Licensee” of the HEVC Advance Patent Pool.

With this “membership”, all essential Microsoft HEVC/H.265 patents are now included under the license of the HEVC Advance Patent Pool. In addition, the Redmond company will also have access to more than 16,500 patents needed to implement the HEVC/H.265 video codec standard licensed worldwide through the HEVC Advance team. This number is sure to increase over time.

Speaking about this impactful event, Access Advance CEO Peter Moller said:

“We are delighted to welcome Microsoft, one of the most recognized and respected companies in the world, and a pioneer in innovation, to the HEVC Advance programme. Microsoft becoming a licensee and licensor of essential H.265/HEVC patents through the HEVC Advance Patent Pool will further demonstrate the value of the HEVC Advance license.”

Hopefully this move will give Microsoft users free access to the HEVC codec in the near future.


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