Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd May 2010 17:56 UTC
Multimedia, AV Are you guys sick of the H264 debate already? Yes? Too bad, because we've got more. Microsoft's decision late last week to restrict Internet Explorer 9 to H264 was met with a rather immense amount of criticism, so the company decided to publish a new blog post responding to some of that criticism. While Microsoft makes a few good points, the overall feeling is still that of 'fear, uncertainty, and doubt'.
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RE: NO excuse
by Declination on Mon 3rd May 2010 21:08 UTC in reply to "NO excuse"
Declination
Member since:
2009-11-26

There are legitimate reasons for restricting the codec used to something that is guaranteed to be installed on the users system. h.264 decoders are always available in MediaFramework (which is actually the successor to DirectShow shipping in Vista and 7). If this weren't the case then the user is plunged back into the dark ages of having to find a codec in order for their video to play.

While I think it is a little silly to say only H.264, I do think there is a legitimate case to restricting to decoders that are part of the default install.

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RE[2]: NO excuse
by darknexus on Mon 3rd May 2010 21:39 in reply to "RE: NO excuse"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Ah, but this has nothing to do with media framework or directshow. Nothing at all. Microsoft is not using media framework, but is decoding H.264 directly in the browser. Repeat after me: not. using. media. framework. Let's make that very clear from here on out. Other, third-party codecs are *not* an option in IE9. It is H.264 or nothing. They do not give you a choice.

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RE[3]: NO excuse
by Kilogramm on Tue 4th May 2010 20:03 in reply to "RE[2]: NO excuse"
Kilogramm Member since:
2010-05-04

IE9 absolutely does use the Media Framework, get your facts straight:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ie9

"will feature hardware accelerated graphics rendering using Direct2D, hardware accelerated text rendering using DirectWrite, hardware accelerated video rendering using Media Foundation, imaging support provided by Windows Imaging Component, and high fidelity printing powered by the XPS print pipeline"

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