The international organization that sets standard image compression has agreed to consider adopting Microsoft's JPEG XR photo file format. The new format, which ships with the Vista operating system, could become a new international standard within 18 months, reports CIO Today.
The format has a "high dynamic range" that allows photographers to retain the full dynamic range and color data captured by a camera's image sensor. ZDNet reports that 16 national standards groups http://news.zdnet.com/2100-3513_22-6199840.htmlin the coming months will vote on whether the Joint Photographic Experts Group, after which the JPEG file format is named, should accept JPEG XR.
To grease the wheels for adoption, Microsoft has agreed to grant a royalty-free license for any its patents necessary to fully implement the new standard. Approval is seen as being a big boost for Vista adoption.