3/15/2011

Google releases WebM video plug-in for IE9

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

In an effort to bring its Web video technology to a browser that doesn’t support it, Google has released an IE9 plug-in to play WebM video.

The move won’t bring an end to the industry scuffle over the best way to build video into the Web, but it will mean that allies behind Google’s preferred mechanism will be able to reach beyond the three browsers that support WebM today, Google’s Chrome, Opera Software’s Opera, and Mozilla’s Firefox. Apple’s Safari and Microsoft’s brand-new IE9 support the rival H.264 video codec (though IE9 requires Windows 7 or an updated version of Windows Vista).

Microsoft releases internet explorer 9

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft has released its Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) web browser, saying that it “unleashes a more beautiful web”.

Microsoft has been publicly testing IE9 beta releases for some time and revealed that over 40 million people had downloaded the betas. The Vole has been aggressively promoting a number of IE9 features, with the highlight being HTML5 hardware acceleration.

This has led Microsoft to come out with unsubstantiated hyperbole such as “IE9 harnesses the power of the graphics processing unit (GPU), unlocking 90 per cent of the PC’s power that went previously untapped by web browsers.” Admittedly GPU acceleration for both HTML5 and Adobe’s Flash Player will help performance, but it should also improve battery life on laptops.

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