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Microsoft Mocks Google For Dropping H.264

Software giant Microsoft has mocked Google's decision to drop support for the H.264 web video codec from its Chrome web browser.

In a blog post titled “An Open Letter from the President of the United States of Google”, Tim Sneath,the director of the Windows and Silverlight tech evangelist team, compared Google's move with replacing the English language with Esperanto and Klingon.

In the post, the word English was linked to a Wikipedia page about H.264, Esperanto was linked to the official WebM page and Klingon redirected users to Theora web codec page.

“Though English plays an important role in speech today, as our goal is to enable open innovation, its further use as a form of communication in this country will be prohibited and our resources directed towards languages that are untainted by real-world usage,” he wrote.

The post comes in response to Google's decision to drop the commercial H.264 codec in favor of its own open source WebM codec and the highly unsuccessful Ogg Theora codec.