If you’re like me you hate seeing the image to the right… the Apple Update. Well, Microsoft has some good news for movie fans. If you want to watch .mov files in Windows 7, you don’t need to install Apple’s QuickTime. Say goodbye to those annoying updates, popups, and prompts to download other Apple software like itunes, Safari, etc. (I hate Quicktime almost as much as I hate iTunes).
The support for .mov files was mentioned deep in a long list of changes that are coming to the Windows 7 Release Candidate.
On the Engineering Windows 7 blog, in a post entitled ‘Some changes since beta for the RC’, Chaitanya Sareena, Senior Program Manager on the Core User Experience team, says “We’ve since added support for Windows Media Player to natively support the .mov files used to capture video for many common digital cameras.”
Awesome news if you watch trailers in .mov format (particularly Apple Movie Trailers), or if you camera outputs to the .mov format. On any other Windows system you have to have QuickTime (or… as I’d recommend, VLC media player) to watch a .mov file.