At MIX10, Dean Hachamovitch, demonstrated an upcoming development Build of Internet Explorer 9 featuring HTML5 <video>. Now, Hachamovitch via a blog post revealed that “In its HTML5 support, IE9 will support playback of H.264 video only.” “The future of the web is HTML5. Microsoft is deeply engaged in the HTML5 process with W3C. HTML5 will be very important in advancing rich, interactive web apps and site design. HTML5 specification describes video support without specifying a particular video format. We think H.264 is an excellent format. H.264 is an industry standard, with broad and strong hardware support. Because of this standardization, you can easily take what you record on a typical consumer video camera, put it on the web, and have it play in a web browser on any operating system or device with H.264 support (e.g. a PC with Windows 7),” Dean noted. It also comes hot on the heels of news that Google’s VP8 codec will be open-sourced. Dean ends his post with “Flash does have some issues, particularly around reliability, security, and performance. Despite these issues, Flash remains an important part of delivering a good consumer experience on today’s web.”
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