Google removes H.264 support from Chrome
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 10:04:55 PM
There are already comments in their blog criticizing the decision, but these people do not seem to realize what great news this is for the open web. After all, the web needs to based on open standards, not patent-encumbered technologies. H.264 was threatening to hold back parts of the web like Internet Explorer did before it.
Though H.264 plays an important role in video, as our goal is to enable open innovation, support for the codec will be removed and our resources directed towards completely open codec technologies.
With Google's powerful and well-oiled advertising machinery backing it and ensuring its growth, Chrome will now contribute to a true open web. Along with Opera and Firefox, we may soon find that the majority of the browser market supports open formats like WebM and Theora, while H.264 supporting browsers will make up a smaller and smaller part of the market.
Great move, Google. Mad props, as they say.