Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Jul 2009 19:10 UTC
Internet & Networking We've been talking about the browser ballot screen for a while now, which led to some obvious questions we couldn't answer. As it turns out (and I completely missed this), Microsoft actually posted a fairly detailed description of its proposal [.doc] on its website last Friday. It details everything from what it means not to have Internet Explorer installed to what the ballot screen will look like.
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RE[2]: Ballot for everything
by UltraZelda64 on Tue 28th Jul 2009 20:22 UTC in reply to "RE: Ballot for everything"
UltraZelda64
Member since:
2006-12-05

How about Windows Media Player?

WMA... WMV... other proprietary formats which are all over the Internet, and can only "legally" be played back on an OS Microsoft says you can (Windows, Windows, Windows, maybe Novell's Linux, and Mac...). And because Windows has a monopoly...a disgusting number of sites uses them.

The Apple side is really no better though, with QuickTime...

They might not be monopoly-level, but I think they've caused some damage when it comes to cross-platform media playback.

Edited 2009-07-28 20:24 UTC

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RE[3]: Ballot for everything
by KugelKurt on Tue 28th Jul 2009 20:49 in reply to "RE[2]: Ballot for everything"
KugelKurt Member since:
2005-07-06

The Apple side is really no better though, with QuickTime...

Last time I checked, Apple fully pushes MPEG-4 with QuickTime, not VP7 or other proprietary codecs.

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PlatformAgnostic Member since:
2006-01-02

Don't they use h.264, which has a whole set of licencing requirements around it? I was under the impression that all of the video codecs aside from the OSS ones were 'proprietary.'

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I think you're wrong here.
by MollyC on Wed 29th Jul 2009 01:24 in reply to "RE[2]: Ballot for everything"
MollyC Member since:
2006-07-04

First, WMV isn't "proprietary", as VC-1 was standardized a few years ago as an STMPE standard. WMV today refers to Microsoft's implementation of that standard. WMV files can be played on any platform.

WMA, I don't think has been standardized, but it too can be played on any platform.

Neither format has a monopoly. WMA isn't used at all except for Zune (and PlayForSure) DRM'ed music (and some DVD players can play WMA CDs). WMV, I think, still rules the commercial downloaded videos space, but MPEG4 is catching up, DivX dominates the non-commercial downloaded video space (and is the preferred format for pirated DVD video), and Flash long ago took over the embedded video space.

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