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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Kroc
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2005-11-10

Correct, I made a typo there, of course there’s no monopoly on IE9, it hasn’t been released yet! Microsoft still have a monopoly on IE though. It’s still over 50% in most places and as pretty much every computer comes sold with Windows which defaults to IE (and the browser ballot is broken in Microsoft’s favour).

But besides even that, you’re underestimating the amount of clout that Microsoft holds over developers with IE. Why on earth are developers still supporting IE6? And equally, many developers will have been holding off of using HTML5 because “IE doesn’t support it”. IE9 will of course work toward changing that, and it supporting only H.264 will provide a mighty amount of weight in developer’s minds to just forego providing OGG entirely.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Correct, I made a typo there, of course there’s no monopoly on IE9, it hasn’t been released yet! Microsoft still have a monopoly on IE though. It’s still over 50% in most places and as pretty much every computer comes sold with Windows which defaults to IE (and the browser ballot is broken in Microsoft’s favour).


Having over 50% marketshare is a monopoly? Since when? Germany has had a remarkably high majority Firefox marketshare for years even though Windows has a higher marketshare there than the US.
http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser-DE-monthly-200904-201004

So your issue is really with countries where the majority hasn't installed a browser that you favor. Your problem is with people, not Microsoft.


Why on earth are developers still supporting IE6?


Most developers work on what the boss wants them to. If you have a business where 15% of your sales are to IE6 users it would be incredibly foolish to block IE6 just because it is a lousy browser. IE6 only has about 5.5% share in the US. It's dropped by half in about a year so I think the solution to IE6 is patience.
http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser_version-na-monthly-200904-201004

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