Google Chrome 3 adds HTML5 video
Google Chrome is on a rather rapid release schedule. The browser first debuted last year, hit version 2 (stable) last week and is now at version 3. Google Chrome has three versions stable, beta and dev.
The big line item improvement in Chrome 3 is support for the HTML 5 <video> tag. Basically what this means is that instead of a developer or site using an <embed> to call up a proprietary/external video player (flash or otherwise), the video can be call directly from HTML. Apple Safari 4 and Firefox 3.5 both already have preliminary support for <video>.
The <video> tag could potentially revolutionize web video delivery -- then again it might not.
That said the promise of <video> is large. As a standard HTML tag is is subject to more granular inline control than an <embed> object can provide.
It will be interesting to see where the HTML5 standards on <video> settle, but in the meantime it is great that Chrome is now embracing <video>.
Considering that Google updates its users more frequently than others and the fact that Google own YouTube, Google is in a unique position to actually make the <video> tag a very pracitical reality for millions of users sooner rather than later.