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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by kaiwai on Fri 30th Apr 2010 04:39 UTC
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I must be the only person on this website who is delighted with such a move; first Microsoft announces support for HTML5, adds h264 support to Silverlight, and the icing on the cake of support h264 for the video tag. If this was Microsoft even 5 years ago they would have been pushing for some weird-ass proprietary format riddled up the wazoo with patents and a horrifying mess to ever try and implement. Theora fanboys (the same ones who demand it to be used and yet don't provide a DirectShow/QuickTime CODEC that can not only decompress but compress video) may scream and shout that their CODEC is losing the battle but the reality compared to where the internet was 10 years ago - it is an improvement.

As for Firefox, nothing has ever stopped them from tapping into QuickTime and DirectShow to provide CODEC support, just as for many years Linux users have been downloading and installing h264/mp3/wmv/etc gstreamer plugins without the slightest care regarding patents and thus alternative browsers on those platforms could easily just tap into gstreamer if they wish.

The reality is that the Theora advocates never dedicated the resources required; how many full time people work on Theora? thats right 2-3 if you're lucky. Call me back when you have 50 people working full time on it and are developing plugins for QuickTime/DirectShow, then I might remotely consider using it as a format because right now to do anything with the CODEC as so far as compressing video and audio is like pulling finger nails out.

Edited 2010-04-30 04:44 UTC

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