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Mozilla has been resisting the H.264 video codec in Firefox for quite a while because it is "encumbered by patents." But recently Mozilla walked that stance back a bit saying they were thinking about allowing the codec. Then today, Mitchell Baker posted an explanation of why the company will probably begin using it after all.
At the heart of his argument is their commitment to "giving ... users a great experience." Baker said, "We want to build products that people love." That is beginning to trump any policy of openness. Mozilla Firefox is seeing its numbers decline to Google's Chrome and H.264 support is part of the equation. transfer.