Microsoft IE8 – Good Browser, Bad Website with Uncaptioned Videos

I have been enjoying the updates that Internet Explorer 8 RC1 has brought. I can remove most of my “hacks” to make Internet Explorer behave like better browsers.http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/beta/videos.aspx uses Silverlight videos to demonstrate the browser. These are uncaptioned videos. And apparently, Silverlight 1.0 doesn’t have the capability. (MS folks – that means it wasn’t ready for you to convert your site to it yet)

It appears that Silverlight V2 will support Captions – http://joel.neubeck.net/2008/07/sl2videoplayer-closed-captioning/, and Microsoft Expressions has a new captioning feature in their Encoder 2 http://silverlight.net/learn/learnvideo.aspx?video=278. It allows you to download the learning video, but no captions or transcript available.

Way to “not” go, Microsoft. Some of the microsoft pages have a “rate your experience” survey, so if you visit the site, I encourage you to mention that lack of captioning on the videos.

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One thought on “Microsoft IE8 – Good Browser, Bad Website with Uncaptioned Videos

  1. I tried with IE8 and not happy how it ran. I felt that it might be better with Vista version. I ran with XP – too many issues. I reversed to IE7. Whew!!

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