Because of this improvement, a Windows compatible browser can handle contents that include the video tag of HTML 5 correctly.Print functionality - This update fixes an issue in the XPS-to-GDI conversion (XGC) module when you apply the brush transform attribute of the visual brush.Before you install this update, the coordinates are drawn incorrectly if the following conditions are true: - The viewport rectangle of the visual brush is the clip region for a graphic element. In this situation, the wrong coordinates cause the output to be empty.
Therefore, the output is generated as expected.” If you were to ask me, my best guess is that Microsoft is kicking up a notch the Windows Graphics, Imaging, and XPS Library delivered through the Platform Update for Windows Vista, in concert with such releases as Internet Explorer 9, and the rich clients bundled into Windows Live Wave 4, including Messenger, Mail, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, etc.
All the applications mentioned above have intimate connections with the underlining graphics technology in Windows 7, namely Direct X 11.
Some customers might already be familiar with the Platform Update for Windows Vista, and know that the release has three key parts, the Windows Graphics, Imaging, and XPS Library, the Windows Automation API and the Windows Ribbon and Animation Manager Library.
Having backported a number of key Windows 7 technologies, including Direct X 11 from Windows 7 to its predecessor, Microsoft is now offering users of Windows Vista Service Pack (SP2) a platform update supplement.
The recently released Platform Update Supplement Beta for Windows Vista is obviously designed to catalyze the evolution of the Platform Update for Windows Vista.
According to the Redmond company, the supplement is in Beta stage at this point in time, so end users should not install it yet, and leave the testing to early adopters familiar with running pre-release software.“A beta release of the Platform Update Supplement for Windows Vista is available.This update provides fixes and improvements to graphics, media foundation and print functionality in Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2),” Microsoft stated.Microsoft also enumerated the changes delivered by the Platform Update Supplement, including “Graphics - This update improves text rendering performance of Direct2D and conformance of Direct2D when you use Direct2D in the following modes: - Software rendering mode.- Hardware rendering mode with a Windows Advanced Rasterization Platform (WARP) type device driver.Media foundation - This update enables the playback of MP4 files, H.264 files, and AAC files by using the Source Reader component.