Internet Explorer Team: HTML5 is the future of the web!
Internet Explorer remains the most popular web browser on the web. And it remains the most criticized web browser on the web as well.
Internet Explorer is heavily criticized for not supporting the latest web technologies. But things are changing.
Microsoft is betting big on HTML5 with Internet Explorer 9 which could arrive later this year.
Microsoft Internet Explorer team has officially stated on their blog that they believe HTML5 is the future of the web.
They are going to support HTML5 Video element with H.264.
This particular statement from the company is a major disappointment for the web users who are very much concerned about the proprietary nature of the H.264 standard. There are alternative video technologies that have been adopted by Opera and Mozilla. Microsoft has technically picked up a closed standard to support when it comes to running video content through HTML5 Video element.
Apple Safari is also taking the same path. Google Chrome for now support multiple formats. (Checkout the comments on the link below to see all the hatred from people who want more from Microsoft).
Dean Hachamovitch, General Manager, Internet Explorer spoke about the future of video on the web:
Today, video on the web is predominantly Flash-based. While video may be available in other formats, the ease of accessing video using just a browser on a particular website without using Flash is a challenge for typical consumers. Flash does have some issues, particularly around reliability, security, and performance. We work closely with engineers at Adobe, sharing information about the issues we know of in ongoing technical discussions. Despite these issues, Flash remains an important part of delivering a good consumer experience on today’s web.