Microsoft, Apple Will Never Allow An Open Web
There were high hopes with HTML5. It was expected to set the Web free of locked, closed, proprietary formats. That may not be the case anymore. Apple and Microsoft seem determined to put locks on this possibility.
Microsoft's Dean Hachamovitch, General Manager, Internet Explorer, has made it clear that "In its HTML5 support, IE9 will support playback of H.264 video only."
Apple's Steve Jobs has already written at length supporting H.264 and bashing Adobe for its 'closed' Flash for his own 'airtight' products.