Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 29th Apr 2010 23:04 UTC
Internet Explorer I am almost flabbergasted by the spin and blunt-face upon which this news is delivered. We were just discussing the pot calling the kettle black with Apple / Adobe and now Microsoft have also come out in favour of a closed video format for an open web--IE9's HTML5 video support will allow H264 only. Update Now that the initial shock is over, I've rewritten the article to actually represent news rather than something on Twitter.
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RE: Tough
by lemur2 on Fri 30th Apr 2010 02:08 UTC in reply to "Tough"
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I'm afraid IE dictates no standards whatsoever when it comes to internet video. If Microsoft had bought YouTube then that might have been different but that's another story. I'm sure they'd love the standard to be WMV rather than h.264 despte their defence of it, but alas........... Google can see the writing on the wall, which is why they're mulling over and working on VP-8 before they start getting YouTube and themselves into something they cannot go back on later. Whatever YoutTube supports, that's pretty much it and others will follow and if IE won't support what these sites use then IE is the first thing to go up against the wall. Microsoft have nothing to swim against the tide with. Sorry Microsoft, but you're simply not that important here.

VP8 can only become the standard video codec for the web if Google release it for use (and implementation for that matter) by anyone, royalty-free.

Royalty-free is a requirement for web standards.

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