Greater Interoperability for Windows Customers With HTML5 Video

Google recently announced that its Chrome web browser will stop supporting the H.264 video format. At Microsoft we respect that Windows customers want the best experience of the web including the ability to enjoy the widest range of content available on the Internet in H.264 format.
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.
We believe that Windows customers should be able to play mainstream HTML5 video and, as we’ve described in previous posts, Internet Explorer 9 will support playback of H.264 video as well as VP8 video when the user has installed a VP8 codec.
We are committed to ensuring that Windows customers have the best Web experience, and we have been offering for several years now the extremely popular Windows Media Player plug-in for Firefox, which is downloaded by millions of people a month who want to watch Windows Media content.
We also recently provided an add-on for Windows 7 customers who choose Firefox to play H.264 video so as to enable interoperability across IE, Firefox and Chrome using HTML5 video on Windows.
For many reasons – which you can read about on other blog posts here and here – H.264 is an excellent and widely-used video format that serves the web very well today. As such, we will continue to ensure that developers and customers continue to have an optimal Web experience.

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HTML5 video conferencing

About HTML5 the latest being microsoft switching its focus from Silverlight to HTML5

With HTML5 media support now websites can now deliver rich, interactive media as easily as they deliver images. Safari was the first browser to support HTML5 audio and video elements

Work is being done to which will enable videoconferencing from HTML5 applications. It will allow the user to give permission to a page to use a device, such as a video camera. That will make possible for users to communicate with each other through a web conferencing from the browser itself. Until recently there was limited support for HTML5 specs but now we have chrome, firefox, opera and IE 9 supporting HTML5. Also there is support for Previous versions of IE through a plugin.
You can read more about it here. http://goo.gl/i3VY.

You can view a demo of  video conferencing implemented using the device element and stream API’s in WebKit GTK+ that enables you to capture video from an web cam and display it in the video element.

 If you want to test your browser support for HTML5 you can test it here! http://html5test.com
 
For more info and the implementation details you can vivit here. http://goo.gl/znWR.