Google opens VP8(!!)

Huge news, and major respect to Google – in spite of all their privacy cock-ups of late – for following through with this. Ars Technica has an excellent assessment and summary of this:


Some choice excerpts:

“Today, Google, Mozilla, and Opera announced the launch of the WebM Project. The goal of the project is to develop a high-quality, open-source, royalty-free video format suitable for the Web.”

“Nightly builds of Mozilla and Chromium…will include WebM support starting today.”

“…WebM is set to rapidly become the most widely supported standard for Web video. Firefox and Chrome together command about 35 percent of the browser market, which gives them more share than all the current H.264-supporting browsers together…”


And, of course:

“Apple …due to the company’s commitment to H.264, is likely to be even less keen to include support for the new codec.”

So, let’s see how committed Apple really are to an open standards-based web…


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