AVIF support in Microsoft Edge is coming with version 121

It's been a long time coming.

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Key notes

  • The AVIF support in Edge is coming with version 121 for the Stable channel.
  • Microsoft removed the support for a while back then due to licensing issues.
  • Edge 121 is coming on the fourth week of January next year.

It’s been a long time coming, but we’re finally getting AVIF support in Microsoft Edge. The feature is coming with version 121 for the Stable channel for everyone, including general users.

Patrick Brosset, a developer experience engineer at Microsoft, teases on X (fka Twitter) rival Mastodon (@patrickbrosset) that the team is “shipping support for AVIF with Edge 121.”

The feature has been in the works for a few months and it works just fine on Beta, Dev, and Canary channels. Canary insider @Leopeva64 shared the discovery on X back then, but at that time, Microsoft did remove the support due to licensing issues.

Microsoft says on the Edge release schedule page that the 121 version is coming to Stable in the fourth week of January 2024. A few days ago, those in the Beta channel had also finally got their hands on this version.

AVIF is a unique image format. Unlike other formats, AVIF files can have smaller sizes but the same visual quality due to its advanced compression techniques from the AV1 video codec. 

Elsewhere, Microsoft Edge is also getting a lot of useful features. Not too long ago, insiders have previously spotted that the browser was adding a new flag that would enable faster video summaries with Copilot.

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