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Windows 7 Gets Dolby Digital Plus Support

Dolby Laboratories announced today that Windows 7 will have native Dolby Digital Plus support in the Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions.

This means that playback of multichannel audio streams found in DVDs, HD DVDs, Blu-ray Discs and select HD broadcasts will decidable by the native software in the operating system.

"As Windows 7 amplifies the entertainment experience on the PC, it makes sense that Dolby Digital Plus is selected as the audio format for delivering high-quality surround sound," said Ramzi Haidamus, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing, Dolby Laboratories. "With Blu-ray Disc, DTV broadcasts, and rich multimedia delivered through the Internet, Dolby Digital Plus ensures that people will hear outstanding audio on any device."

The Dolby Digital Plus is a lossy, compressed audio format that provides support for up to 7.1 channels and advanced features like bitstream mixing for secondary audio tracks. Now you just need something better than tinny computer speakers.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.