Microsoft is scheduled to release Windows 10 19H1 in the spring of 2019. While the company has been working on some big changes, they have not overlooked the small features that have been missing. One such feature was the lack of support for AVIF images.
AVIF is a new image file format which is based on a newer video format called AV1 by the Alliance for Open Media and Windows 10 will finally support it natively. The AVIF format is not supported by both File Explorer and Microsoft Paint on any of the versions of Windows 10. However, Microsoft added support for AVIF files in Windows 10 19H1 builds which were seeded to the Windows Insiders. The support for AVIF was first noticed by AOMediaCodec who posted the details on AOMediaCodec’s Github page.
Windows File Explorer can show AVIF thumbnails, display Exif metadata and preview AVIF images. Requires the Windows 10 “19h1” preview release, which can be obtained from the Windows Insider program, and the AV1 Video Extension.
MSPaint.exe. The “Paint” app in Windows 10 can display AVIF images. Requires Windows 10 “19h1” preview release build 18305 or later, which can be obtained from the Windows Insider program, and the AV1 Video Extension.
Recently VLC and Mozilla also acknowledged the new format and have since started working on supporting it in the future releases.
Via: Windows Latest