Microsoft did not use Bittorrent to offer Windows 7 beta for download earlier this month, but that doesn't mean that the software giant doesn't have any love for the torrent crowd. Digitalwerks.org just reported that Windows 7 plays back DivX and Xvid files out of the box, without the need for any further codec installations. From Digitalwerks:

"Microsoft is jumping on the bandwagon of broad interoperability, allowing Windows users to play back a range of video formats right out of the box, something that will surely be a boon to less sophisticated users who just want to be able to watch something without having to even know what a codec is, much less a container format, audio stream, etc."

And where do less sophisticated users come along formats like DivX and Xvid? Exactly, torrent sites. Granted, there are a few legitimate sources for DivX movie downloads, but the vast majority of those files are things like TV show episodes, Hollywood blockbusters, music videos and all those other things you find on The Pirate Bay.

But that's not all. There are unconfirmed rumors flying around the interwebs that Microsoft is actually working on an implementation of Matroska / MKV as well, which could be part of a commercial Windows 7 version.

What does that mean? Well, for one thing, it means that your Windows Media Player will hardly ever again tell you that it can't play that video you just downloaded - even if it's an 11GB Blu-Ray rip of the Dark Knight.

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