Microsoft's HD Photo Is Official JPEG Successor, Redubbed JPEG XR

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Microsoft's HD Photo standard is now officially tapped to become JPEG's successor by the Joint Photographic Experts Group, but it'll be known as JPEG XR.

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XR stands for extended range, given the wider color palette and finer gradations it can show. Other benefits include in-camera imaging processing support and, supposedly, better compression. Besides losing its Windows-y name (in a former life, it was Windows Media Photo) it's dropping proprietary control by Microsoft to become as neutral as JPEG is now. Though support's already built-in to Windows Vista, it'll take a year to get standardized, at which point large-scale adoption will probably start picking up steam. [Cnet via Electronista]

DISCUSSION

So has anyone actually seen comparisons between JPEG and JPEG XR? I am curious how much improvement can be seen in the new format. Maybe my eyesight is not what it used to be, but comparing RAW images and JPEG ones, I do not see much difference. Then again, maybe I am missing the point of this.