Today IE9 can play HTML5 video in both the industry-standard H.264 format and the
newer WebM format. With the WebM Project’s
release of WebM Components for IE9 (Preview),
Windows customers running IE9 can play WebM videos in Web pages. IE9 is the only
browser today committed to supporting both formats directly.
In the newly published
Video Format Support demo at the IE Test Drive
site, you can try out for yourself Web pages with both video formats on them in
different browsers. You can see how Web site authors can adjust the experience on
their pages based on the browser and operating system the visitor is using. You
can also see the opportunity that HTML5 video offers publishers to make video an
integral part of the Web experience, especially when it is fully hardware accelerated.
Demo page in IE9 before installing WebM components
Demo page in IE9 after installing WebM components and clicking refresh (F5)
previous post about HTML5 video, we described the current situation that
consumers and publishers face, and
others in the industry echoed the
questions for WebM proponents. To summarize the situation:
The people who build and use the Web deserve practical and consistent video support
ideology. Working through these questions is part of moving the Web forward.
The Open Web is a product of consensus and open dialog. This post is part of the
dialog to move the Web forward.
—Dean Hachamovitch, Corporate Vice President, Internet Explorer