Chromium's blog informs that Google Chrome will drop support for H.264 in the coming months and will only support WebM (VP8) and Theora codecs.
Google's latest news reminds of having a capricious boss that makes up new shit every few weeks that no one wants or needs. We've all been there, right?
"Look people, I know the linux mail server is perfectly functional and it only requires Bill in IT to look at for one hour each month, but I really think scraping it and deploying Microsoft Exchange will do wonders for our productivity. Once we get a couple MCE engineers hired, we're looking at a two-month deployment…"
There is no good reason for Chrome to drop a video standard that YouTube helped push.
There are plenty of reasons to try and push web video that isn’t H.264 dependent. Mozilla has been pushing Theora (and then WebM when it was unveiled) the whole time, and the reasoning is based on what is a pretty clear legal groundwork. This article has a lot of details- http://robert.accettura.com/blog/2011/01/11/on-chrome-dropping-h-264/
I know it’s hard to see Google doing something for anything but a cynical reason, and I am not claiming that this decision is altruistic in nature. However, what ulterior motives would you ascribe Mozilla?
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