Chrome Dropping H.264 Support

Published 5 years 9 months ago on January 12, 2011 — 1 min read

Chromium Blog: HTML Video Codec Support in Chrome.

This story made quite the wave yesterday, with myself included. I’ve been using Chrome as my primary browser for months, I love it. This decision will cause me to switch back to Safari. From the looks of it, there are lots of others with the same mentality.

The true motives behind this move, to me, are mostly apparent. Google is trying to flex muscle through Chrome, but the trouble is that they’re flexing muscle to the wrong crowd. The majority of Chrome users are Web devs. Web devs care about standards, and to be even more detailed; we care a lot about HTML5. The fallback plan for ditching H.264 leaves most of us with viewing a heck of a lot more Flash video than we do now, and it’s not boding well.¬†Google says that:

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.

Emphasis mine.

I, like just about everyone else, am sarcastically curious about the future of Flash. We know how that’ll pan out though. All in all, when Chrome does in fact drop support for H.264, it will find it’s way off my Dock and be removed as a default browser.

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