Plug-in Free Professional Quality Video and Audio Coming to IE11 via HTML5

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Internet Explorer 11 is being packed into and rolled out with Windows 8.1, though you can already check out a pre-release version in the Windows 8.1 Developer Preview as well as on Windows 7. Should you do that, you'll discover that IE11 is capable of plug-in free audio and video streaming based on the latest HTML5 code, which Microsoft claims allows the browser to achieve "Professional Quality Video," or video that's equally suited for home use as it is for premium TV shows and movies.

"With Professional Quality Video, streams start promptly and play smoothly," Microsoft stated in a blog post. "The best video quality possible with your device and network is automatically selected, and premium movies play just like any other video. Videos can be consumed at home or on the go. You can listen to quality audio for the full experience, or watch the video with captions for privacy. And, this great experience does not require you to sacrifice battery life."

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You can check out what Microsoft's talking about on Netflix. The streaming TV and movie provider worked with Microsoft on a new version of its premium video service built entirely on new web standard features, and as a result, Netflix and its catalog of titles work without plug-ins using IE11 on Windows 8.1.

Up until recently, the HTML5 standard lacked support for Professional Quality Video, thereby forcing users to turn to Adobe Flash or Microsoft Silverlight. That made it difficult for web developers to deliver consistent video experiences across different browsers. Given Microsoft's history, it's certainly interesting (and refreshing) to see the company pushing web standards in IE.
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3vi1 replied on Sun, Sep 8 2013 2:19 PM

This all seems like amazing Microsoft PR spin, about them doing what they had to do in order to stay in the game. Wouldn't it be more accurate to say:

1) Microsoft Killed SilverLight at the end of 2012.

2) NetFlix decided they need to update their client, and decides to go with an actual standard so that they don't need to maintain one client for Windows and another for all the Linux powered devices (Roku, Android, Chrome, etc.).

3) Microsoft had to fix IE11 to actually implement the codecs other than the patent-encumbered H264 out of fear that every Netflix user will automatically switch to Chrome/FireFox if they haven't already.

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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