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 macUser on Fri 30th Apr 2010 00:08 UTC in reply to "Comment"
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I left this comment on the MSDN blog:

"This is a very sad day for the open web. Microsoft will support HTML5 (yay!) but only a patent-encumbered, proprietary codec (boo!) anyone apart from Apple, Microsoft, and Google won't be able to support (due to the prohibitive licensing cost and/or the non-Free nature). So instead of Flash, we're now crippling the web with another proprietary technology.

I guess I was hoping against my better judgement. Microsoft is a licensor of the MPG-LA, and as such, you guys profit from having as many H264 licenses sold as possible. I had just hoped that due to recent positive steps from Microsoft with regards to openness and standards, we'd see some enlightenment here.

Due to the emphasis on "only", I'm assuming IE9 won't tap into DirectShow/Media Foundation codecs? I.e., if a user has a Theora codec installed, IE9 will make use of it?"

Comparing Flash to a video codec is not a 1 to 1 comparison though. A video codec does one thing. For the most part HTML5/CSS3/javascript will do everything Flash does. The video codec is only one piece of that and can be changed out without affecting the other parts. Flash is Flash is Flash.

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