Google Gives Developers the VP8 Video Codec, Now Open Source
The WebM project is an industry initiative that was launched today with members that include Google, Mozilla, Opera and more than 40 industry partners. The initiative is dedicated to developing a high-quality, open video format for the Web that is freely available to everyone".
The Flash vs. HTML 5 debate continued to rage, evoking comments from Mike Shaver, vice president of engineering at Mozilla, who took a jab at Adobe, stating that "We wouldn't accept that HTML5 is only used for documents and not for applications. We've seen what happens when things change at the whim of one organization, and the Web needs to be free of that". Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch said Adobe plans to include the VP8 codec in the Flash 10.1 player, which will grow its user base to "millions of additional users".