We already informed you about Google dropping H.264 for the Chrome browser and how we are not sure so sure on its future. Now Microsoft has upped the ante and decided to poke Google with a sharp stick by writing a sarcastic open letter.
The letter, which is written by Tim Sneath – the Director for Windows and Silverlight “technical evangelism team”, is addressed to The President of the United States of Google and likens Google’s decision to drop H.264 in favor of the WebM video codec to the Esperanto language which was being lobbied as a neutral standard language for international communication. It indirectly states that Google is trying to make WebM the standard standard inplace of H.264.
Tim Sneath says “We expect even more communication between people in the coming year and are therefore focusing our investments in languages that are created based on constructed language principles. To that end, we are changing the spoken and written language of this nation to make it consistent with the form of speech already supported by the Language Creation Society. Specifically, we are supporting the Esperanto and Klingon languages, and will consider adding support for other high-quality constructed languages in the future. 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”.
While it may all sound gibberish to you, reading the original letter (here) with the links and sarcasm peppered through the mail, will give you a better understanding of the whole situation.
While some may side with Microsoft and agree with Mr. Sneath’s views, others will say that while WebM is open source, H.264 is not.