|19 May 2010||#1|
Another Follow-up on HTML5 Video in IE9
In previous posts, we described why IE9 will support H.264-encoded HTML5 video. Microsoft and other browser providers see hardware support, customer and partner readiness, and intellectual property rights as key factors making H.264 an excellent choice for video encoding and playback. These posts generated a significant amount of support and suggestions. This feedback together with today’s industry announcements create a good opportunity to follow up and provide more information about HTML5 video support in IE9.
In its HTML5 support, IE9 will support playback of H.264 video as well as VP8 video when the user has installed a VP8 codec on Windows.
As we said at MIX recently, when it comes to HTML5, we’re all in. This level of commitment applies to the video codecs that IE9 will support as well. We are strongly committed to making sure that in IE9 you can safely view all types of content in all widely used formats. At the same time, Windows customers, developers, and site owners also want assurances that they are protected from IP rights issues when using IE9.
We have technical specifics to work through. We want to be clear about our intent to support the same markup in the open and interoperable web, and to do so in a manner consistent with our view broad view of safety and security.
In the meantime, in choosing a video codec, customers and partners have many issues to consider.
Today, hardware support is widely available for H.264 both on PCs and phones. (You can read about the benefits of hardware acceleration here, or see an example of the benefits at the 26:35 mark here.) Codecs have been a source of security and reliability issues (link1, link2, link3, link4) for some users. New code often faces security issues; the H.264 codec in Windows 7 has been in broad use for some time now. Sites also need to think about the issues in supporting multiple formats.
As this article points out, the issue of potential patent liability is “ultimately for the courts to decide.” Some web groups have cited concerns about patent issues with similar codecs and the costs that may be associated with shipping codecs not covered by patent licenses. At the same time, there’s been community discussion about the lack of H.264 support in some browsers, for example here (via a comment on the IE blog).
Again, we want to be clear about our intent to support the same markup in the open and interoperable web. We are strongly committed to making sure that in IE9 you can safely view all types of content in all widely used formats. When it comes to video and HTML5, we’re all in. In its HTML5 support, IE9 will support playback of H.264 video as well as VP8 video when the user has installed a VP8 codec on Windows.
General Manager, Internet Explorer
Articles referenced in this post:
Apple QuickTime H.264 Movie File Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
Benefits of GPU-powered HTML5
Bugzilla@Mozilla – Bug 435339 (at comment 60)
Bugzilla@Mozilla – Bug 435339 (at comment 79)
How Much Web Video Is iPad-Ready? About Two-Thirds. Really.
HTML5 video: Browser support (Wikipedia)
IEBlog : Follow Up on HTML5 Video in IE9
IEBlog : Follow Up on HTML5 Video in IE9 (comment)
IEBlog : HTML5 Video
Keynote Day 2 :: Sessions :: Microsoft MIX10 (at the 26:35 mark)
Know Your Rights: H.264, patent licensing, and you – Engadget
Microsoft fires back at critics of its HTML5 strategy | ZDNet
Microsoft Intellectual Property Expansion: Frequently Asked Questions Nov. 10, 2004
Public Advisory: 04.09.10 // iDefense Labs
SecuriTeam - Apple QuickTime H.264 Nal Unit Length Heap Overflow Vulnerability
Use of Ogg formats in HTML5 (citation reference) (Wikipedia)
[whatwg] Removal of Ogg is *preposterous*"
Note: MSDN blogs, which is home to the IEBlog, is currently not taking comments. Because your feedback is super important to us, we’re posting this here today for the Internet Explorer Team.
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|20 May 2010||#2|
Microsoft to support VP8 video codec with Internet Explorer 9, after all?
Mozilla, Opera (and Google) arenít the only ones supporting the open-sourced VP8 video codec in their browsers. Microsoft is going to do the same, as well, according to my tipsters.
Update: It seems like the tipsters were on the money. See below for Microsoftís latest codec-support statement.
(I donít know exactly when or how Microsoft is going to support VP8 with Internet Explorer. But given IE 9 is unlikely to ship until 2011, according to various sources of mine, the Redmondians have some time to figure it out.)
At the Google I/O conference on May 19, Mozilla and Opera announced with much fanfare their plans to support VP8 codec, which Google acquired when it bought On2 Technology. At the I/O confab, Google unveiled the WebM container, which includes VP8 video and Ogg Vorbis audio support. (Google officials said WebM will work well on even lower-power devices, including netbooks and handhelds, according to Engadget.) WebM is going to be available under a royalty-free BSD open-source license.
At the end of April, Microsoft IE General Manager Dean Hachamovitch created a bit of controversy when he blogged that IE 9 would support the H.264 codec only. In an update to his comments, Hachamovitch said IE 9 users will, of course, be free to download and install other codecs. But the implication was that IE 9 would include built-in support for H.264 only.
Microsoft to support VP8 video codec with Internet Explorer 9, after all? | ZDNet
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