Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd Feb 2011 16:50 UTC
Internet & Networking Microsoft did two things today. First, it released an H.264 plugin for HTML5 video for Google's Chrome web browser which makes use of Media Foundation. The usefulness of this plugin is limited, however, since it's only for Windows 7 users. Much more interesting is that Microsoft has opened the door to out-of-the-box WebM/VP8 support in Internet Explorer 9.
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RE[6]: Happy as Enduser
by brichpmr on Thu 3rd Feb 2011 22:42 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Happy as Enduser "
brichpmr
Member since:
2006-04-22

"As I view high quality H.264 videos on my iPhone 4, the thought that Apple is 'a culprit' re iOS never crosses my mind.....only the satisfaction of a well-engineered solution that doesn't kill battery life.


It isn't a well-engineered solution at all if it doesn't accomodate a very large contingent of users (Windows XP users), and it doesn't allow one of the major browser writers (non-profit Mozilla) to implement a solution.

On your limited-size iPhone 4 screen, if a player (especially one with GPU hardware acceleration of rendering) were allowed:

XP is basically at end of life....Win 7 is the way to go on that platform. H.264 is just swell as baked into iPhone 4. WebM is not needed on my platforms of choice...ymmv.
http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/Mozilla-releases-Firefox-4-B... href="tel:1182139">1182139.html
http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2011/02/latest-firefox-beta...
WebM videos would be rendered with every bit of the same quality as H.264, to the extent that you could not tell the difference in a blind test.
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RE[7]: Happy as Enduser
by lemur2 on Fri 4th Feb 2011 01:01 in reply to "RE[6]: Happy as Enduser "
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

XP is basically at end of life....Win 7 is the way to go on that platform. H.264 is just swell as baked into iPhone 4. WebM is not needed on my platforms of choice...ymmv.


Although it is absolutely true to make the observation that XP is basically at end of life, it doesn't matter that this is so.

The fact remains that about half of the web browser clients in use right now, today, are browsers installed under Windows XP.

http://gs.statcounter.com/#os-ww-monthly-201001-201101

Almost all of these users cannot play HTML5/h.264 web video.

If you were to serve HTML5/h.264 web video, that is a very large set of clients to miss out on.

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RE[8]: Happy as Enduser
by TheGZeus on Fri 4th Feb 2011 03:01 in reply to "RE[7]: Happy as Enduser "
TheGZeus Member since:
2010-05-19

What are you trying to say?
So there many users of a legacy OS.
So many of them aren't using a good browser.

AND?

Do you have a point?

Edited 2011-02-04 03:03 UTC

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RE[7]: Happy as Enduser
by shmerl on Fri 4th Feb 2011 02:44 in reply to "RE[6]: Happy as Enduser "
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

It's not a problem of what only you need. It's a problem for developers, who can't use one format to deliver to all users (WebM), and because of that need to clutter servers with a whole bunch of duplicate options. So Apple is a culprit for causing this problem.

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