Windows 7 Natively Supports .MOV Files, Has Problems with Latest Google Chrome 2.0
Article by George Norman
On 02 Mar 2009
Following our report on the main changes that Microsoft will make when it eventually puts out Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC), here are two news bits of information for you. The next iteration of the Windows-based operating system will provide native support for .MOV files, meaning that you will no longer have to install Apple QuickTime onto your machine. Also in Windows 7 related news, it turns out that the latest version of the Google developed browser, Chrome, does not get along well with Microsoft’s OS.

Amongst the improvements in Windows 7 RC, improvements that Microsoft will make due to user feedback and the Redmond software developer’s wish to make the OS as appealing as possible, some refer to the Windows Media Player. With Win7 RC you will get a new Now Playing view, unplayable content filtering, CD or DVD playback resuming, improved Jump List, a simple way to access the advanced settings, Internet Radio playback, and last but not least, camera and camcorder video digital support.


I’ve purposely left the camera and camcorder video digital support feature for last, because this is where native .MOV support comes in. The Windows 7 Engineering Team explains: “Customers loved the increased range of formats natively supported by the Windows 7 Beta, but noticed areas where they wanted broader support. While the support for video from some digital cameras worked great, we also got feedback about supporting a broader set of devices out of the box. We’ve since added support for Windows Media Player to natively support the .MOV files used to capture video for many common digital cameras.”

Moving on, it must be said that the Google Dev Channel put out an updated version of Chrome, mainly version There are several things to be excited about, and by that I mean Chrome’s new features:
- Full screen support. Please note that this is a preliminary feature and the user interface still needs work.
- Spell checking support for Turkish and Estonian.
- HTTP authentication is now performed over a keep-alive connection.
- More malware data collection options.

On the down side, there are still some known issues plaguing the Chrome browser. We will focus on the Windows 7 ones: “Windows 7 users will experience issues importing favorites from IE and setting Chrome as the default browser,” explains Chrome Program Manager, Anthony Laforge.

Tags: Microsoft, Windows 7, Google, Chrome
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