Microsoft will announce this week that it is expanding its DirectX games application programming interface (API) for use in mainstream multimedia applications and that it is rolling it into the ActiveX API set.
The software giant developed the DirectX API about two years ago to provide games developers with a standard way of writing games and three dimensional and real-time graphics for Windows-based platforms.
But version 5.0, which has just gone into first beta, due in June, will support streamed video services and real-time communications for use in Internet and intranet-based applications.
Mike Pryke-Smith, Microsoft?s Internet tools product manager, said: ?This will take multimedia into the mainstream for people wanting to get into Internet publishing, real-time communications such as Web phones, and video-to-video communications, rather than just entertainment. In the past, a DirectX-based application was restricted to one games machine, but now you?ll be able to access the functionality via a browser.?
DirectX will become the multimedia services element of the ActiveX Platform and will embedded in the next releases of Windows 9.x and NT and Microsoft?s Internet Explorer browser.
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