Microsoft is working on major new features for Windows 10 but the company is not ignoring the smaller things either. Windows 10 does not support the AVIF image format natively but it appears that the software giant is exploring new options to bring this functionality to the core apps like File Explorer and Paint.
AVIF is a new image file format which is based on a newer video format called AV1 by the Alliance for Open Media and Windows 10 will finally support it natively.
In Windows 10 October 2018 Update or older, the File Explorer and MS Paint fail to display the AV1 Image File Format (AVIF). As you can see in the screenshot below, the File Explorer is unable to generate a thumbnail for the AVIF image format.
Similarly, Microsoft Paint throws an error that says the AVIF is an invalid file format and the application cannot read the file.
According to a post on AOMediaCodec’s Github, both File Explorer and MS Paint have been updated with support for AVIF images in Windows 10 19H1 preview builds.
“Windows File Explorer can show AVIF thumbnails, display Exif metadata and preview AVIF images,” the developers stated in the implementation document. “MSPaint.exe. The “Paint” app in Windows 10 can display AVIF images,” the document further explains.
The support for AVIF image format is available in Windows 10 19H1 but the users may still need to install the AV1 Video Extension from the Microsoft Store to run AV1 videos on their Windows 10 device
“Requires Windows 10 “19h1″ preview release build 18305 or later, which can be obtained from the Windows Insider program, and the AV1 Video Extension,” the document explains.
It’s also worth noting that the nightly build of VLC Media Player was also updated recently with support for the new file format. There is also a post on Mozilla’s Bugzilla tracking the status of the AVIF implementation in the Firefox browser.