"What are Google's plans for turning WebM into a genuinely open standard, one that is based on consensus like the rest of W3C's HTML5 effort?" he also wrote. "Would Google fully support such an effort? Even the WebM project's domain is controlled by Google."
Google has argued that WebM will be a more open standard than H.264 and that licensing fees will lead to H.264's downfall. "To use and distribute H.264, browser and OS vendors, hardware manufacturers, and publishers who charge for content must pay significant royalties — with no guarantee the fees won't increase in the future," Google product manager Mike Jazayeri recently wrote in defending Google's decision to drop H.264 in Chrome.
Microsoft's attack on Google Wednesday comes just one day after Google accused Microsoft of copying its search results in Bing. Microsoft is also struggling to thwart the momentum of Chrome. Despite excitement around the IE9 beta, Chrome surpassed the 10 percent usage mark in January for the first time, as Internet Explorer's market share continued to shrink from 57 percent to 56 percent of global browser usage.
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