updated 12:50 pm EDT, Fri June 4, 2010
Chrome on all platforms gets Google video codec
Google on Friday began seeding the first developer versions of Chrome with WebM video built-in. The download lets the open codec work for HTML5 video on Linux, Macs and Windows PCs. Other changes include key bug fixes after coming out of sleep and, on Macs, the option of using the Tab key to cycle through only form fields or links.
The format promises a more universal and potentially less legally complicated alternative to H.264 or Ogg Theora. Both formats either require a license or aren't likely to be implemented across multiple platforms.
Whether or not this is true has been called into question, however, as Apple and MPEG-LA have questioned the patent-free claims surrounding WebM. Google has insisted that it checked the VP8 video format used for WebM before creating its standard.