The Windows Blog

[Great news from Microsoft][link]:

>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.

In the post the Author, Dean Hachamovitch, reiterates the company line regarding HTML5: “we’re all in,” but this is not a surprising development at all. H.264 is the de-facto standard for mobile web video. Microsoft doesn’t control H.264, and Apple is the pubic face of the codec. It is in Microsoft’s best interests if H.264 has some (serious) competition. It just so happens that it’s in all of our best interests, too.

[link]: “The Windows Blog”


Second IE9 Platform Preview

[Microsoft seems to be running with HTML5 in a real way][link], and that is really great news for people who make websites.

It’s got a [not-great ACID3 score][acid], right now, but it’s nice to know they actually give a shit. For once.

[link]: “IEBlog : HTML5 and Same Markup: Second IE9 Platform Preview Available for Developers”
[acid]: “IE9 Preview 2 on Acid3”


IE 9 Will Support HTML5 Video With H.264 Only

[A shame, but I can’t say I’m particularly surprised.][link] Firefox may have to join the H.264 bandwagon or get left behind.

I like the *idea* of Vorbis, but if I’m authoring video I’m thinking it’s not worth my time right now.

[link]: “IEBlog : HTML5 Video”


Jeffrey Zeldman on Microsoft’s “Enforced Bragging”

> I’m not challenging the quality of the hardware and software improvements; I’m pointing out the enforced bragging, which is mandated from on high, and which flies in the face of the humble stance other high-level divisions in Microsoft would like to enforce in the wake of the company’s European drubbing and the dents Apple and Google have made on its monopoly and invulnerability.
>In short, the tone of these announcements has not changed, even though the times have.

[This is a symptom of corporate culture as a whole][link]. The megacorp is constitutionally incapable of relating to humans from anything but a position above us, be it imagined or not.

[link]: “IE9 preview – Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report”