Microsoft Extension Restores H.264 Video Support To Chrome

Microsoft has released Windows Media Player HTML5 Extension for Google's Chrome, designed to let Windows 7 users watch H.264 videos on the browser.

The move comes after Google unexpectedly decided to drop support for the 'closed' web video codec in favour of open source video codecs like WebM (VP8) and Theora in mid-January.

The software giant has already made the extension is already available for Mozilla's Firefox and Microsoft's own Internet Explorer web browser.

Microsoft's Claudio Caldato, a manager in the Interoperability Strategy Team, wrote in a blog post: “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."

"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,” he added.