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[7]: Happy as Enduser
by lemur2 on Fri 4th Feb 2011 01:01 UTC 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[9]: Happy as Enduser
by lemur2 on Fri 4th Feb 2011 05:28 in reply to "RE[8]: Happy as Enduser "
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

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?


Absolutely there is a point.

If you have a website, and you wish to put a video on it, you have to ask yourself "what is the best method for reaching the most users"?

At the moment, the answer is "Flash, with video encoded in H.264". This will cost you however, because you have to pay royalties for sending out video encoded in H.264.

There is at the moment a big push on to move to HTML5, and get rid of the requirement for a Flash plugin for browser clients. If YouTube switch over to HTML5, this will start to happen in a big way. The answer to your question could change ... Flash may soon become no longer the best way to deliver video.

If that happens and users start dropping Flash support in their web browsers, what would be the best way to deliver your video to the most users then?

Given the large number of users still running XP, the answer to this question would then become "HTML5/WebM". This has a bonus advantage to you because you no longer need to pay royalties for your videos sent over the web.

This is the point.

Edited 2011-02-04 05:32 UTC

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