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Mozilla, Opera, and Flock Release VP8 Ready Browsers

Jun 24, 2010, 19:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Susan Linton)

"The latest wares of three popular browsing applications were released this week reflecting a changing Internet. Open formats are taking center stage at Mozilla, Opera, and Flock as lock-in (or freeze-out), security concerns, and performance issues fuel the drive toward the VP8 video format.

"Mozilla released Firefox 3.7 Alpha 5 (or Preview 1.9.3 Number 5) on June 14 featuring support for WebM / VP8 open video format, new Addons Manager, and HTML 5 support. This release also introduced Hardware Acceleration for video playback taking some of the heavy work off the CPU and placing it where it belongs on the GPU. Mozilla hopes to have acceleration fully developed for the upcoming 4.0 release but users can test the first steps with full-screen HTML 5 video now. Users can also see the amount of memory in use by typing about:memory into the address bar. 64-bit versions are available for Windows, Linux, and Mac as well, although 32-bit plug-ins are not supported."

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