Microsoft Praises Google Video Codec

Google's newly unveiled open-source WebM video technology has received support from software giant Microsoft.

The WebM video codec, unveiled by Google at the I/O conference on Monday, will use the open-source VP8 web technology developed by On2 Technologies, and acquired by Google some time back.

Microsoft, which is currently plugging its upcoming HTML 5 based Internet Explorer 9 browser, said in a blog post that IE9, which offers support for the H.264 video codec, will also support VP8 as long as users download a plug-in for their Windows PC.

Writing on the company blog, Microsoft's Dean Hachamovitch said: “As we said at MIX recently, when it comes to HTML5, we’re all in. This level of commitment applies to the video codecs that IE9 will support as well.”

Web browser developers including Mozilla and Opera have also pledged their support for the video codec, and will be readying their respective browsers to support HTML5.