Once known as Windows Media Photo, Microsoft just released a new photo format called HD-Photo.  Bill Crow has a good writeup on the benefits of the new format.  Basically it allows for high-fidelity photo editing and storage.  While those of us in the normal world do all of our photography in JPEG format, professionals do not.  They use TIFF or a format called RAW (which is propreitary to each camera).  These formats are less aggressive in their compression and allow for greater color detail.  HD-Photo is similar but attempts to be a more interoperable standard.  It also supports better compression than the standards I mention.  This is a technology to watch.  JPEG has some serious deficiencies which something like HD-Photo can alleviate.  Two questions come to my mind:

  1. Will camera makers and photo editing suites adopts HD-Photo?
  2. Will consumers care?  Is JPEG good enough for them?

Only time will tell if HD-Photo takes off or not.  If it does, I think everyone will benefit.