Only weeks after Google announced that its Chrome browser would be dropping the H.264 video encoder Mircosoft has now released a H.264 plugin for Chrome.
The new Micosoft plugin uses Windows Media Player to load the video format when Google’s Chrome browser sees an HTML5-based video but doesn’t have a WebM version available. Microsoft has already made a similar plug-in for Firefox which has never supported the H.264 video encoder, for use with Windows 7.
Claudio Caldato, principal program manager on Microsoft’s Interoperability Strategy Team explained in a blog post :
“Today, as part of the interoperability bridges work we do on this team, we are making available the Windows Media Player HTML5 Extension for Chrome, which is an extension for Google Chrome to enable Windows 7 customers who use Chrome to continue to play H.264 video,”
Google, Mozilla and Opera have all chosen to adopt the WebM video-streaming technology as this currently doesn’t require the patent royalty payments that H.264 requires for browser makers and those offering for-fee video over the Net.