I’m very excited to share the news that JPEG XR is now an approved ISO/IEC International standard. (It’s official designation is ISO/IEC 29199-2.) In addition, JPEG XR has also been approved as ITU Recommendation T.832. You can find more information in the press release from the JPEG Committee.
As I’ve discussed in previous blog posts here, JPEG XR is the standardized incarnation of HD Photo, an innovative new format for digital photos developed at Microsoft, and first shipped in Windows Vista. There are a few minor differences between HD Photo and JPEG XR; these changes were the result of some excellent work by the JPEG Committee that helped insure the highest possible quality for the approved standard.
JPEG XR offers some dramatic benefits when compared to the original JPEG file format that we all know and love:
The many innovations delivered in JPEG XR originated from over ten years of research and development at Microsoft. And through our participation as a member of the JPEG Committee, we’ve been able to deliver additional improvements and create an International standard available to everyone.
So the next question everyone asks is “when will it be available in a camera?” Since I don’t work for a camera company, I can’t answer that question. But I’m pleased and proud that because JPEG XR is now a free International standard, there’s very little standing in the way of making that happen!
(Updated 7/30/09 to correct the IEC logo.)