The WebP Codec for Windows is a codec built with the
library. It implements the interface defined by the Windows Imaging Component
(WIC) to provide WebP support for Microsoft® Windows XP Service Pack 3,
Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems. Windows is a registered
trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries.
The Windows Imaging Component provides a consistent API for image processing so applications that support the WIC get support for image formats such as WebP when the codec is installed.
This codec allows applications using WIC to access WebP files. On Windows Vista and Windows 7, this includes the possibility of viewing WebP files in Windows Photo Viewer and their thumbnails in Windows Explorer.
Currently, the WebP codec only includes the decoder. It will support both encoding and decoding in a future release. It will also add metadata support.
Several applications support the WIC and will be able to open and manipulate WebP image. For example, on Windows Vista and Windows 7, double-click on the WebP image. This will open the Windows Photo Viewer:
Other applications such as Microsoft® Office 2010 allow you to add WebP images to your documents, slides and spreadsheets. You can share these files with colleagues and friends without requiring the person you share the files with to install the WebP codec since Office 2010 stores the images internally in a lossless portable format.