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Tuesday, September 9th, 2008, 1:32 pm

Why Google Should Add Out-of-the-box Ogg Support to Chrome

Ogg Vorbis/Theora Support Makes the Web and Makes Google stronger

  • Ogg demonstrates a commitment to open source, which Chrome has made a good start at
  • Firefox already does it, so it’s likely to become a reality
  • Opera shares similar goals, so it’s likely to join in and perhaps commend Google
  • Google Video downloads were a failure that got shut down and annoyed Google customers, proving the DRM hasn’t much potential anyway
  • Altruistic value, demonstration of commitment to the World Wide Web
  • Enabling YouTube to use Ajax and requiring no binary downloads of Flash
  • It weakens Flash and Silverlight, which harm Google’s ‘bread and butter’ by stifling crawling and indexing

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