Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past, oh I don’t know, few months, you would already know that there’s quite a battle going on between Apple and Adobe over the use of Flash on iPhone and iPad. Few weeks ago, Apple posted a letter on their site called “Thoughts on Flash” by Steve Jobs, worth a read, if you haven’t already.
A few days after the Steve Jobs letter, Microsoft went public to announce that they’ll integrate H.264 in Internet Explorer 9 with HTML5, and not Flash. Why? Well, basically H.264 is not proprietary like Flash and H.264 is unlikely to be involved in patent cases, unlike VP3 or VP8.
Of course Microsoft also points out that Flash is still possible, by installing a plugin.
TechCrunch did a piece on this whole H.264 / Flash thing, and asked Encoding.com which has encoded 5 million videos over the past year, for a variety of websites. In the past year, H.264 went from 31% of all videos to 66% and is now the largest format by far. Flash (VP6 and FLV combined) represents only 26% of all videos, down from a combined total of 69%.
All YouTube videos are available in H.264, meaning around 40% of all videos on the web is available in a non-Flash format.