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IE9 HTML5 Video Will Be H264 Only

May 01, 2010, 11:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kroc Camen)

"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.

"With IE9 Microsoft have initiated a drive to bring IE into the 21st Century and even in some places outdo their competitors, following years and IE stagnation and lackluster updates compared to features available in all other major browsers. Notably important is fast SVG, a new JavaScript engine to rival the other JIT engines in other browsers and importantly, HTML5 support.

"HTML5's features are rather broad so whilst no word on HTML5 Canvas has been mentioned yet, Microsoft did commit to HTML5 Audio and Video which were demonstrated at their developer's conference MIX10. A preview release of the new rendering engine was made available, but this release was not the same build as demoed at MIX and didn't include HTML5 Audio and Video."

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