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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FUD
by siki_miki on Fri 30th Apr 2010 13:59 UTC
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2006-01-17

There is absolutely no technical or legal reason why they shouldn't support _both_ Theora and H.264.

Theora is official standard for web video, unlike h.264, and Microsoft has no excuse for this crap. Also it sounds like a good candidate for another anti-trust inquiry by the EU.

Taking a broader look, stakes are very high here and MS wants to see h264 win. The winning format will certainly be one supported by all (five) major browsers. At the moment everyone supports everything, except Firefox (Theora only) and IE9 (h264 only), so the fight is on between two strongest browser brands. For now it's a win only for Adobe Flash.

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RE: FUD
by lemur2 on Fri 30th Apr 2010 14:32 in reply to "FUD"
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2007-02-17

Taking a broader look, stakes are very high here and MS wants to see h264 win. The winning format will certainly be one supported by all (five) major browsers. At the moment everyone supports everything, except Firefox (Theora only) and IE9 (h264 only), so the fight is on between two strongest browser brands. For now it's a win only for Adobe Flash.


Well, IE9 isn't released yet. IE6, IE7 and IE8 don't support display of any video without a plugin.

Available plugins for IE6, IE7 and IE8 that currently support playing video are Silverlight, Adobe Flash plugin, Cortado and Google Chrome Frame.

Of these plugins, AFAIK only the last two support HTML5. Both of the plugins for IE6, IE7 and IE8 which support HTML5 also support Theora, but only one (Google Chrome Frame) supports h264.

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RE[2]: FUD
by n4cer on Sun 2nd May 2010 02:46 in reply to "RE: FUD"
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2005-07-06

Silverlight is capable of playing any media for which you provide a codec (there's apparntly a Vorbis codec in Moonlight's repository, and a Theora codec was shown by another developer not long ago). This would be a better fallback mechanism than relying on the user to install a DShow or MF codec. Silverlight will simply load your codec, then play your media.

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