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March 14, 2011

WebM Plugin for Internet Explorer 9

Internet Explorer 9 will be released later today and one of the many new features is the native support for videos. Unfortunately for Google, Microsoft decided to only support H.264 videos by default, so you can't watch WebM videos without installing additional software.

To solve this problem, Google developed a WebM plugin for IE9. "They said elephants couldn't ride flying dolphins. They said that one of the world's most popular browsers couldn't play WebM video in HTML5. They were wrong," mentions Google half-jokingly.

The plugin only works on Windows 7 and Windows Vista, the two operating systems supported by IE9. Google suggests to search for WebM videos on YouTube, but I'm not sure if the plugin was really necessary since YouTube's HTML5 player also works with H.264 videos.


Last month, Microsoft released a plugin for watching H.264 videos in Google Chrome that will be useful when Google drops support for the popular codec.

7 comments:

  1. Interesting. That YouTube video doesn't exist. Someone screencapped and photoshopped this page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=it1jVE9UcOc

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  2. I've tried WebM playback on YouTube and it's not as good as Flash. It might be because WebM playback on YouTube is on beat (it's enabled via the TestTube page on YouTube) but for the time being I'm sticking with Flash.

    I will install the H.264 playback plugin for Chrome once said browser drops support for it.

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  3. Internet explorer is very simple to use.

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  4. I must say I enjoy reading about new technology here. You have some great thoughts and insights that I for one haven't. Thumbs up!

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  5. Its a good start for HTML5. Finally a browser that supports it!

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  6. "I must say I enjoy reading about new technology here. You have some great thoughts and insights that I for one haven't. Thumbs up! "

    Unfortunately, you're not going to get balanced, objective reporting here. You see, these people are nothing but a bunch of Google syophants.

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  7. "I must say I enjoy reading about new technology here. You have some great thoughts and insights that I for one haven't. Thumbs up! " mbt online

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