WebP is a new image format from Google, by compressing lossy images like JPEG, PNG and other image formats but still preserves the quality and resolution. According to Google, WebP images are 40% smaller than JPEG images of similar quality. Still world hasn’t adopted WebP image format yet as there is no native support for this image format on Microsoft Windows Operating systems with image viewers like Windows Photo Viewer and other image editing tools.
Viewing WebP images natively in Windows
As of now, WebP image format support enabled in browsers like Google Chrome 9 and Opera 11.10 Beta (Opera 11.10 final will release today). By downloading and installing WebP Codec for Windows, you can view WebP images in Windows Photo Viewer and their thumbnails in Windows Explorer.
WebP Codec for Windows supports Windows XP SP3/Vista/7. You can open and view sample WebP images installed WebP Codec directory with “Windows Photo Viewer”.
Office 2010 allows to insert WebP Images into documents, slides and spreadsheets and these files shared with your friends and relatives without the need of installing WebP Codec on their PCs, since Office 2010 stores these images internally in a lossless portable format.