Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd Feb 2011 16:50 UTC
Internet & Networking Microsoft did two things today. First, it released an H.264 plugin for HTML5 video for Google's Chrome web browser which makes use of Media Foundation. The usefulness of this plugin is limited, however, since it's only for Windows 7 users. Much more interesting is that Microsoft has opened the door to out-of-the-box WebM/VP8 support in Internet Explorer 9.
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RE[2]: Voting with my feet
by brichpmr on Sat 5th Feb 2011 15:41 UTC in reply to "RE: Voting with my feet"
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"If you seriously think that Google's play with VP8 is coming from anywhere other than a deep, abiding, almost autistic self-interest, then you are clearly on some serious drugs.

Here is Google's license terms for WebM:
"Google hereby grants to You a perpetual, worldwide, non-exclusive, no-charge, royalty-free, irrevocable (except as stated in this section) patent license to make, have made, use, offer to sell, sell, import, and otherwise transfer implementations of this specification"

In this context, "You" means everybody. Google garnts these permissions to everybody. BTW, the only way for anyone to lose these permissions (the bracketed clause after "irrevocable") is for someone to sue Google over WebM.

WebM is indeed in Google's self interest. However, Google doesn't happen to make money from charging people for video codecs. Rather, Google makes more money the more often and more freely more people use the web.

Happily, that means that insofar as WebM goes, Google's best interest, expressed quite succuinctly in the "perpetual, worldwide, non-exclusive, no-charge, royalty-free" terms of their license grant, happen to align exactly with the best interests of the overwhelmingly vast majority of people on the planet.

It can be readily asserted that as time passes, XP users will purchase replacement computers; most of them running Windows 7 or OSX (or both); and even the least powerful of these will run Hi Def H.264 video out of the box. Of course, it's fine for Google to act in its own self interest. However, it is chasing a high speed H.264 train that left the station a couple of years....just sayin'

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