Microsoft has planned a new image format, dubbed Windows Media Photo (.WMP, not to be confused with Windows Media Player), which could potentially replace JPEG images in common usage. It can compress an image twice as much as a JPEG with equivalent image quality – that sounds pretty good to me. Microsoft is also gunning to destroy the PDF, which I don’t see as a bad thing.
In fact, you may call me entirely pro-Microsoft, just because I think that having a company monopolize computing makes things more efficient and easily-integrated. My Windows XP PC with Windows Media Player syncs flawlessly with my Windows Mobile Pocket PC with Windows Media Player. Even despite their monopolistic stranglehold on the industry, Windows still has a massive amount of third-party software and hardware, which is why I think we should go ahead and let them monopolize every aspect of our lives. Choices will still exist, but the default will just be more convenient. It’s win-win. 🙂