An Open Letter from the President of the United States of Google

esperandmThe world’s ability to communicate with one another is a key factor in its rapid evolution and economic growth. The Esperanto language was invented last century as a politically neutral language that would foster peace and international understanding. Since the launch, we’ve seen first-hand the benefits of a constructed language:

  • A pure form of communication that is unsullied by cultural context;
  • Broad adoption by as many as 10,000 speakers
  • Independent (yet mostly compatible) dialects that not only bring additional choice for speakers also foster healthy competition and innovation

We expect even more communication between people in the coming year and are therefore focusing our investments in languages that are created based on constructed language principles. To that end, we are changing the spoken and written language of this nation to make it consistent with the form of speech already supported by the Language Creation Society. Specifically, we are supporting the Esperanto and Klingon languages, and will consider adding support for other high-quality constructed languages in the future. Though English plays an important role in speech today, as our goal is to enable open innovation, its further use as a form of communication in this country will be prohibited and our resources directed towards languages that are untainted by real-world usage.

These changes will occur in the next couple months but we are announcing them now to give citizens using other languages an opportunity to translate the libraries of the world into Esperanto.

Dankon, nedankinde!

Comments (224)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Brilliant. 🙂

  2. Anonymous says:

    strangely, though, users of other languages don't have to pay royalties if they want to use their language commercially…

  3. Anonymous says:

    is that an MS-backed opinion? you hypocrite

  4. Anonymous says:

    Clearly the English language is being diluted given your phrase (especially from a Brit) like "… in the next couple months…" without the use of the word, "of" after "couple". 😛

  5. Anonymous says:

    The fun thing is, this is essentially what Atatürk did with the Turkish language reform in the 1930s. And it worked!

  6. Sascha Corti says:

    Very brilliant, indeed. Bravo, Tim!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Superb read! Thanks!

  8. Anonymous says:


  9. Anonymous says:

    Well done sir . . . I quite enjoyed this.

  10. Anonymous says:

    The analogy doesn't stack up. The English language isn't encumbered by patents. You don't have to pay expensive royalty fees to speak or write English. Anyone can speak English regardless of whether you're a poor lone individual, or a multi-millionaire, there are no barriers to entry.

    The same can't be said about H.264

  11. Anonymous says:

    I do agree, it's brilliant… but isn't google dropping the support only on the client side (chrom* project)?

    At least as long as they keep enconding every videos as they do now (by supporting both h.264 and webM) nothing will change, but the fact that google won't waste time in maintain html5 support in two different(and perfectly alternatives) ways. Someone please corrects me if i got something wrong.

  12. Anonymous says:

    As Bueller would have said, that's just 'Choice' =)

  13. Anonymous says:

    This is what France did in the early XXth century, removing all the regional vernaculars and replace them with a single French language. And it worked at that time.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Spot on, fantastic 🙂

  15. Anonymous says:


  16. Anonymous says:

    Well written! Nice 😀

  17. Anonymous says:

    Big fan of MS, and love the jokey aspect of this… but in fairness this really isn't a comparable or proportionate analogy.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I imagine Microsoft would have no problem with owning the English language, and then collecting royalties for all derivative works thereof?

  19. Anonymous says:

    Human knowledge about cognition has increased so much since Esperanto has been created that if I would promote an constructed language id choose something else.

    Preferable create something that maximizes effectiveness of native speakers over familiarity with certain languages.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Fact is yes H.264 is "supported" in the <video> tag, but this same <video> tag is not widely used yet.

  21. Anonymous says:


  22. Anonymous says:

    You completely missed the point. This is about the video-tag.

    Their is currently hardly any use of the video-tag. Most of it is the object tag with Flash with that codec (on the web). People already encode for different devices. It would be better if the most used format for the video-tag is an open one.

  23. Anonymous says:

    This is a dupe of my post

  24. Anonymous says:

    Yes – very funny. But Microsoft aren't much better…

  25. Anonymous says:

    Are you refering about the epoch when Microsoft doesn't implements the W3C CSS/HMTL standard in Internet Explorer?

    As Diego Pérez says, if is that an MS-backed opinion, that is so hypocrite.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Typical MS claptrap

  27. Anonymous says:

    The english language belongs to the Queen of England who could require all users of the language to pay royalties at any time. Therefore, this is a smart move indeed.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Childish. If Google is doing stupid things, then this is good for Microsoft, isn't it? Why brawling then? But if Microsoft owners are fine with it, I am fine too.

  29. Anonymous says:

    So you are doing this because English is patent-encumbered ?

  30. Anonymous says:

    If the English language was owned by someone who was likely to start to charge me royalties for using it in future, then this would suddenly seem like an excellent idea. If Microsoft wants to promote the use of H.264, it should use its position in the MPEG-LA consortium to press for H.264 and all patents in the patent pool to be freely licensed in perpetuity for no charge and with no restrictions on their use. That would solve the problem.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Very funny. Though you might add a disclaimer:

    My employer is a co-owner of 'English'. You may use English only with our consent. And we will also charge you to use English in the future.…/Licensors.aspx

  32. Anonymous says:

    This is very amusing; not because the analogy is particularly good one, but because by making it, you are making Google to be the good, if perhaps very naive, guys, and necessarily, by contrast, make MS look like the bad, though not at all naive, guys. Well done, welcome to a world where texts have no authors, only readers …

  33. Anonymous says:

    Typo: "not only bring additional choice for speakers also foster healthy competition" is missing a "but" ("not only bring additional choice for speakers but also foster healthy competition").

  34. Anonymous says:

    If your analogy were more appropriate, and the use of English had nebulous threats hanging over any commercial use (sorry, your restaurant sign is in English so please send us some royalties), this proposal would be entirely valid and would be adopted by pretty much everyone.

    Very little currently uses the video tag, and where they do they serve it up specifically and only for iOS devices. It is green fields for such a make the right choice proposal. That Microsoft has an issue with it is hardly surprising, however.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Bravo Tim!

  36. Anonymous says:

    Why doesn't people understand the idea of `Open'?.

  37. Anonymous says:

    Well played, sir… Well played.

  38. Anonymous says:

    Personally I find this a sorry reflection the "inward reality distortion field" thats part of the culture in Microsoft. There are genuine and real concerns that people have about the licencing behind h264. The release of Web-M has already resulted in the h264 licencing becoming much more favorable for people wanting to use the codec in the future. The fact that Microsoft don't see this or truly see the advantage of Web-M being a candidate for a html video tag codec is frankly quite disheartening.

    I've heard once it's hard for a person to understand something in which their salary depends on them not understanding. But i have a deep seated feeling that if Microsoft don't wake up and take a handle on the advantages for everyone of using open and free specs and even open source software around the web, and stop trying to fight it as much as they can before being forced to change, the good will they've earned with many people with windows 7 and windows phone 7 will be quickly spent and they will be left in the dust by the rest of the world.

  39. Anonymous says:

    Typical Microsoft retarded employees like Tim Sneath failing to see the point.

    In other good news, IE usage is down to less than 50% now.

  40. Anonymous says:

    Dumb. So why is the message written in English?

  41. Anonymous says:

    I love it!

  42. Anonymous says:

    This is great on so manay levels.  WOW – new respect to Microsoft from this long time defector to the apple camp

  43. Anonymous says:

    "This is great on so manay levels.  WOW – new respect to Microsoft from this long time defector to the apple camp"

    Heh, okay, this deserves a reply. I don't know if Microsoft has noticed, but Apple fanatics have taken to holding Microsoft as their crippled, non-threatening close friend.

    Oh they love their iPhone, for instance, but if they *had* to buy something else, sure it would be a Windows Phone 7 device, because it's awesome, they say.

    Because they see it as zero threat. Suddenly there's this great admiration for Microsoft and what it does, because it represents some sort of half-witted attempt to undermine Android/Google.

  44. Anonymous says:

    Qapla'   !!!

  45. Anonymous says:

    English is FREE even for commercial use. What do you think you are writing?

  46. Anonymous says:

    I understand the Esperanto, but Klingon?  Come on Mr. President, clearly Romulan is a better option but if we practice it you'll cram it down our throats.

  47. Anonymous says:

    This is absolutely inane!!

    I want to use English not because it's perfect but because it's mine and it's a part of my identity. Culture is a good thing! Language differences are a good thing! Yes, it's inconvenient — but, hell, English and its particularities color how we English-speakers think about everything. Don't take our differences away from us.

  48. Anonymous says:

    Awesome 🙂

  49. Anonymous says:

    Yeah! Sure sucks when a major company tries to use their browser to force people to switch to their preferred implementation through a lack of support for the widely used standard! Good thing nobody's ever done that before!

  50. Anonymous says:

    It reminds of that useful phrase "Entschuldigen Sie mich, aber mein Luftkissenfahrzeug ist voller Aale", which translated from Klingon (German really) "Excuse me, but my hovercraft is full of eels"

  51. Anonymous says:

    excellent post — makes Google look like an ass…  open-inovation b.s.

  52. Anonymous says:

    I'll wait for Esperanto v3.

  53. Anonymous says:

    It's not funny. It's dumb. Firefox, Opera and Google (supposedly Esperanto) are currently 40% of browser market.

  54. Anonymous says:

    Google is a company with balls, that really supports the Open Web — Do you know what that means?  It means no patent-encumbered technology on the Web.

    I rest my case.

  55. Anonymous says:

    You forgot to mention that the h.264 patent is partly owned by apple and microsoft… Naturally you'd love to see the world totally dependent of it!! Sure, it's free to use now but that's not written in stone.

  56. Anonymous says:

    Your analogy is absurd. Most human languages are created and developed organically, unlike software, where everything from the programming language, architecture, compilers, design, etc., come about artificially.

    But if you really want to extend your analogy, why not point out that Esperanto was created and maintained by a small minority, much like proprietary standards, not open standards. Moreover, human languages that have organic origins are used "openly" by all and can be altered by anyone using them–unlike Esperanto.

    IE is the only major browser not supporting WebM. The other browsers, which make up 40% of the browser market are embracing WebM. Web users and developers, like speakers of English, will be able to use, change, and influence the development of that standard. On the other hand, using H.264 will be like being forced to speak Esperanto. Microsoft would love to force everyone to speak its language.

  57. Anonymous says:

    HA HA Tim… I would prefer Klingon to Esperanto. 🙂 Or maybe Pig Latin!!

  58. Anonymous says:

    What a bunch of bull

  59. Anonymous says:

    HAH – this is great, and I'm a fan of Google but for F's sake – come on guys.

  60. Anonymous says:

    This is an epic win.

  61. Anonymous says:

    i wonder if your analogy can be extended to the words "app" and "store".

  62. Anonymous says:

    what r u smokin? Esperanto? People control language and grammar, not google or the language creation society. A neutral language? Yea, wait until we get a hold of it.

  63. Anonymous says:

    yeah, good luck with that one.

    ~nanoo nanoo!

  64. doctorDr says:

    yeah, good luck with that one.

    ~ nanoo, nanoo!

  65. Anonymous says:


  66. Anonymous says:

    As every non-native speaker of English knows, you do have to pay to use English. Learning English costs: time, effort and cash. And after all that, you hardly speak it half as well as natives. Time to switch to something more egalitarian and cost-effective.

  67. Anonymous says:

    In unrelated news …

    The European Union commissioners have announced that agreement has been reached to adopt English as the preferred language for European communications, rather than German, which was the other possibility. As part of negotiations, Her Majesty Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a five-year phased plan for what will be known as EuroEnglish (Euro for short).

    In the first year, "s" will be used instead of the soft "c". Sertainly, sivil servants will reseive this news with joy. Also, the hard "c" will be replased with "k". Not only will this klear up konfusion, but typewriters kan have one less letter.

    There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome "ph" will be replased by "f". This will make words like "fotograf" 20 per sent shorter.

    In the third year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters, which have always been a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of silent "e"s in the languag is disgraful, and they would go.

    By the forth year, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" by "z" and "w" by "v". During ze fifz year ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining"ou" and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters.

    After zis fifz year, ve vil hav a reli sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trobls or difikultis and evrivum vil find it ezi tu understand ech ozer. Ze drem vil finali kum tru.

    And evrivun vil liv hapili evr aftr.

  68. Anonymous says:

    Maybe I'm showing my age, but shouldn't the choice have been Elvish instead of Klingon? Tolkien was a linguist whose languages were fully developed.

  69. Anonymous says:

    Hahahahaha; great.

  70. Anonymous says:

    Is Tim joking? Esperanto is a notorious and conspicuous failure. Really, except for those who share Zamenhoff's delusions, it should have been obvious it was doomed to failure from the start?

    Why? Because the three most fundamental institutions of ANY culture or society are: property, family and language. So striving for a language "unsullied by cultural context" is a fool's errand. Cultural context is not only unavoidable, it is even a good thing.

    This could be why so many, when confronted with the choice between using natural languages with a cultural context and using Esperanto, chose the former, not the latter. The number who chose the latter is actually quite small.

  71. Anonymous says:

    Attaturk's reforms came at the cost of Armenian genocide. This kind of thing gets very bloody, or it doesn't exist.

  72. Anonymous says:

    Yes, Google SUCKS! They are the World's largest spammer!

  73. Anonymous says:


    I would strongly suggest the adoption of Lojban in addition to Esparanto and Klingon; Lojban is an easily machine-parsed language designed to avoid ambiguity and dual-meaning.

    For information, see:…/Lojban



  74. Anonymous says:

    As for the actual issue at hand, h.264, there are open implementations, Google Chrome is a non-commercial browser (i.e. the source code is available and money does not change hands in order to use it).  I'm not sure I see how they would need to pay royalties or licensing when both of these conditions are true.

    Additionally, who the hell has heard of WebM?  😉  Isn't Vorbis (OGG + Theora) open and defined by HTML5 as one of the 'official' codecs?  It's been around longer, too.  And why isn't Google dropping Flash support from Chrome?  It's "closed" by every definition of the word.

    And, as noted by others, the irony of this kind of post on a Microsoft-hosted blog is not lost… on anyone.

  75. Anonymous says:

    To those of you claiming Google did this in support of an "Open Web," answer this for me: why do they still then include Flash embedded in Chrome?

  76. Anonymous says:

    Yeah. I mean. GIF works so well, and all the browsers support it. Why these open source license freaks are trying to replace it with PNG (PING? Did Balmer name that?) has to be the dumbest idea ever.

  77. Anonymous says:

    It's rather amazing how few of the WebM mindless hordes don't get the joke, don't care to get the joke, or have a frankly twisted definition of the word Open.

  78. Anonymous says:

    Forgot to say: loved it. Hilarious!

  79. Anonymous says:

    Dude, anyone knows that what will make or break a format is porn anyway.

  80. Anonymous says:

    I'm not entirely certain why you are proposing Klingon as a Universal Language.

    Firstly it is difficult, and secondly you have to dress up to use it !

  81. Anonymous says:

    Great fun. Seriously speaking, a parody like this might make some of the heated flame-arguments cool off, ideally people could go back and re-evaluate their opinions so that they are less emotional and more driven by technical/practical merit.

  82. Anonymous says:

    You pompous ass.

    Clear enough for you?

  83. Anonymous says:


  84. Anonymous says:

    Ever heard of TCP/IP? Yeah, probably not, it was an initiative to create a simple universal protocol for the Internet. Sort of a neutral open-source language that everyone could use. Too bad it failed miserably.

    Oh wait….

  85. Anonymous says:

    Why are people taking everything so LITERALLY, I'm no MS fan but this is metaphorically to the point & quite amusing. Hey Fandroids, don't be evil – lol!

  86. Anonymous says:

    People talking about patents and licensing here seem to be unaware that just because Theora and the others are "open", that doesn't mean that they are free and clear of patents and licensing; they are just untested in court.

    As far as the analogy, I'd love to see how Chrome+Flash get worked into Esperanto

  87. Anonymous says:

    Very funny. Now, what's so wrong about paying for royalties? Aren't you all (as software developers) supposed to be used to pay for others people code? Google may have balls, but what they apparently don't have is money to pay (in an hypothetical future) for the third party libraries they use.

  88. Anonymous says:

    The royalty metaphor works perfectly.  Anyone can speak English, royalty free.  But if you want a dictionary, or get printed, you need to pay a "royalty" to the owners of the communication medium.

  89. Anonymous says:

    I get it, it's clever, but the metaphor is completely incorrect. When's the last time you had a productive, 2-way dialog with pre-recorded video?

    It's a format.

  90. Anonymous says:

    Cough, cough "Flash", cough.

    Strange bedfellows … sounds hypocritical to me.

  91. Anonymous says:

    Hilarious and very well written. Dankon, indeed !

  92. Anonymous says:

    "The same can't be said about H.264"

    Do we know yet whether WebM infringes on any number of other patents?  I guess we're about to find out.

    BTW, if it's patent licensing and royalties that Google is worried about, why not go all out and pull MP3 support from their browser as well?

    "Do no evil", my ***!

  93. Anonymous says:

    Run microsoft, run… but stop crying, FGS !

  94. Anonymous says:

    Open web when in it is convenient. Closed web when in it convenient PDF, Flash, AAC. Why is Google really doing this?

  95. Anonymous says:

    > The analogy doesn't stack up. The English language isn't encumbered by patents.

    > You don't have to pay expensive royalty fees to speak or write English.

    It matches precisely. You don't have to pay royalties to speak H.264, either. There are no royalties on content producers or content consumers. If you make H.264 or watch H.264 you don't pay. The only thing you have to pay for is a dictionary, and if you make your own dictionary and sell it, you have to kick back 2% to the maintainers of the language. It's a very small price to pay for universal video. And you only have to pay it for a little while longer, we are already halfway through the patent term.

    A cheap English dictionary is much better than a free Esperanto dictionary from Google for most people, which is why H.264 is utterly and completely dominant. That is the analogy.

    Of course, Chrome has a built-in, closed, proprietary plug-in that plays H.264, so it's all just hot air. All versions of Chrome will continue to speak H.264.

  96. Anonymous says:

    You just don't understand what you are saying.

  97. Anonymous says:

    Except for the fact that Esperanto is anything but unsullied by cultural context (Romance constructions and vocab coupled with vocab from eastern European languages – not very diverse). Maybe you should think about that before you draw stupid comparisons (or before drawing comparisons between human language and tech at all). On the other hand, if you want to talk about a language that is equally accessible to anyone anywhere (not just until some group decides otherwise), and makes communication more efficient overall, maybe you could approach some semblance of having a point.  

  98. Anonymous says:

    is that an MS-backed opinion?

  99. Anonymous says:

    Why can't the networks and cable companies develop their own standards so middle men like you sill stop bickering? Google and MS are not primarily content producers, so they will F up the entire thing in a an assinine attempt to corner the market in deliver-ability.

    If you can remove commercials, then you'll have a product I am interested in.

  100. Anonymous says:

    "Openness" argument just doesn't hold any weight when you compare English vs Esperanto ..…/googles-dropping-h264-from-chrome-a-step-backward-for-openness.ars

    Me thinks this is just a marketing ploy by Google so more ppl are aware of the term "Esperanto"

  101. Anonymous says:


  102. Anonymous says:

    Brilliant metaphor !

  103. Anonymous says:

    English is free. You don't have to pay anything to learn English, to speak it or write it.

    The same cannot be said for h264. Your argument is invalid.

  104. Anonymous says:

    =)) Brilliant

  105. Anonymous says:

    "The analogy doesn't stack up. The English language isn't encumbered by patents. You don't have to pay expensive royalty fees to speak or write English. Anyone can speak English regardless of whether you're a poor lone individual, or a multi-millionaire, there are no barriers to entry.

    The same can't be said about H.264"



  106. Anonymous says:

    Spot on!!

  107. Anonymous says:

    Of course, and Microsoft has future in the web.

  108. mattviator says:

    Except spoken languages are open and free unlike h264.

  109. Anonymous says:…/google-angling-for-free-h-264-plugin

    Google’s WebM strategy and VP8 acquisition was a masterful bluff to force the MPEG-LA to commit to an indefinite free H.264 license for free video streaming. By removing H.264 from Chrome, Google will likely get a free H.264 plugin from Microsoft the way Mozilla Firefox got a free H.264 plugin and save another $6.5M/year.

  110. Anonymous says:

    Estas parodio, sed vera parodio estas, ke cxiam estos aliaj popoloj lerni iun imperialistan lingvon.

    Oni diras, ke deffenoj estas pli inteligentaj ol homoj – ilikomunikigxas en la tuta mondo en unu "lingvo".

    Esperanto ne nur estas logika, facilernebla sed antaux cxio starigas cxiuj popolojn sur la sama nivelo! Estus demokrate kaj cxiu havus la samajn rajton.

  111. Anonymous says:

    Pretty stupid :-/

  112. Anonymous says:

    What a laugh!

    Speaking English does not require to pay the license fee.

  113. Anonymous says:

    I'm sorry, but is English patent encumbered and unavailable for use to people who don't pay Webster?

  114. Anonymous says:


  115. Anonymous says:

    I believe someone is drinking a little too much Kool Aid.

  116. Anonymous says:

    Great post and good to see the folks at MS have a sense of humour! 😀

  117. Anonymous says:

    Dumbass post

  118. Anonymous says:

    Microsoft would want you to pay for speaking English

  119. Anonymous says: "There are no royalties on content producers"

    you may want to read the EULA of various video editing tools like FCP. if you want to produce content for commercial gains, you're not exempt.

  120. Anonymous says:

    In a recently uncovered posting from Microsoft countless years ago, a clearly peeved Microsoft official wrote: "An open letter from the President of the United States of Mozilla", which likens Mozilla's Firefox browser's adoption of actual honest-to-god agreed W3C standards, to an attempt to force a new language on the entire world.

    Internet Explorer 5, of course, supports Microsoft's *** child of what they think HTML should be, to make them most money. The hyperlinks in Microsoft's blog post lead readers to data indicating that over 90% of web users use Internet Explorer (thus implying that popularity somehow make it the superior choice), with the rest using some crap nobody's heard of.

    Microsoft as this blog shows is staffed by idiots and that's why they're going down in the tech world.

  121. Anonymous says:

    Love it.

  122. Anonymous says:

    Biased, to its highest top!

  123. Anonymous says:

    The difference is that English is free to speak but h.264 requires a license…

  124. Anonymous says:

    Time for Microsoft to become mature adults and to quit trying to control the playground.  Open standards are good.  H.264 is yet another closed standard – we don't need another failure like OOXML which was strong armed where a single corporation bought an international "standard" which not even their product can claim compliance with.  

  125. Anonymous says:

    With the difference that Esperanto is spoken by almost 50% of the European population while chrome and firefox are used by almost nobody.  (or is it the other way around?)

  126. Anonymous says:

    Chrome is cr@p anyway. Who cares what they support? Do they really think that they're going to foster more support by dropping h264??

  127. vitalyb says:

    Seeing as your post was written in English and not in Esperanto, we'd be expecting royalties of 0.1$ for every written word not later than the end of this month.

    Best regards,


  128. Anonymous says:

    Lol, that's the spirit. The one you had 10 years ago when OSS was in it's infancy. The one you had when Firefox emerged. The one your CEO had when iPhone was unveiled. The one that made you irrelevant! But you don't have to worry.

  129. Anonymous says:

    The cost for Google to switch to WebM are much higher than paying royalties.

  130. Anonymous says:

    You don't have to pay '$5,000,000 annually' to speak english


  131. Anonymous says:

    Even though I get your point, I would like to point out that when Apple first abandonned floppy drives on their computers, everyone was saying the same thing. I personnaly think that this a good move from Google.

    The biggest restaurant company in the world makes junk food and that's not because they make what most people want that it's making good food. I know that a lot of video device manufacturers encode using H.264, but things go very very fast in this business, and those companies could change in just a very short period of time. Guys, I'm pretty sure your computer and devices will be passed out for 2 generations before HTML5 gets widely adopted.

  132. Anonymous says:

    What are the royalties of speaking/writing/reading English?

  133. Anonymous says:


    And for all those if you quibbling about patents and royalty fees and the like. Get a grip. It's a parody and you can only stretch an analogy so far. But it's really quite clever. He's clearly just trying make a point. YES, the reality is quite a bit more complex.

    As for me, I am wondering just how tight Adobe and Google have gotten lately. Flash is OF COURSE open source and non-propriety. Jus' sayin.'

  134. Alexander Orlov says:

    If Esperanto had the same chances and opportunities as WebM, I'd choose Esperanto over English anytime! Maybe it's the typical American ignorance and "exceptionalism" delirium that let you make such comparisons. Do you know how much English orthography sucks? There are no real rules it would follow or at least there are more exceptions to these rules than rule-conformity. Do you know that learning a language that other people learn natively is a clear market disadvantage for all those people? Of course, Esperanto is a (very simple) language you have to learn too, but so everybody has the same chances and there are no advantages for a certain group of people.

    To make the point, your example sucks, it sucks because you never faced the problems non-native speakers have!

  135. Anonymous says:

    You do have to pay expensive fees (after all time==money) to speak or write English, you will still have to be able to speak English/Write (and therefore pay in time to learn) even if some people move to Esperanto.

    So the question is:

     English (high cost) OR [English (high cost) AND Esperanto (has some cost)]


     English wins.

  136. Anonymous says:

    Google is right removing h264… its not open and cannt be a standard… the web already suffered a lot cause of the lack of standards. 🙂

  137. Anonymous says:

    Matt J. said: "Esperanto is a notorious and conspicuous failure…

    …This could be why so many, when confronted with the choice between using natural languages with a cultural context and using Esperanto, chose the former, not the latter."

    Esperanto was never meant to replace people's native languages.  It's meant to be a bridging language between speakers of two separate national languages.

    "The number who chose the latter is actually quite small."

    The number who speak Esperanto is between 200,000 and 2 million, more than any other constructed langauge and more than a good number of natural languages.  However, they are concentrated in Brazil, China, and Poland with a few pockets elsewhere.  Keep in mind, too, that English has had over 1000 years and centuries of imperialism to get where it is.  Esperanto has gained it's speakers in 100 years and with no invasions of any kind.

  138. Anonymous says:

    "Broad adoption by as many as 10,000 speakers"

    Esperanto has between 200,000 and 2 million speakers.  A little off is understandable, but one to two orders of magnitude is almost dishonest.

    Additionally, your flag text is in latin, not Esperanto.  I'm not sure if that was intentional.  Nice Esperanto signoff, however.


  139. Anonymous says:

    In this context, one must notice that according to a study, most people in the known world speak latin, so the whole development of the so called "english language" should really be stopped, as it obviously doesn't serve a usefull purpose.

    Ok, the study is a little bit outdated, but so is the techcrunch article.

  140. Anonymous says:

    Kettle, meet Pot.  IE supports exclusively H.264, and does not support WebM.  Until you support both, you have absolutely no right pointing fingers at others for only supporting one of them.  Typical Microsoft FUD.

  141. Anonymous says:

     This is an excellent story.  Regardless of the outcome.  Just very well done.  Bravo.  It is not often we have peole who are smart enough to come up with something like this.  Top marks for thinking out of the box.  This gives me hope for Microsoft.  With more smart people they will be more successful.  Much better than some boring, dry list of feature comparisons and some drawn out explanation that has no effect on most everyone.  In the end google seems to be following apples move with flash.  They are making it harder for their users to get the content they desire.  People foolish enough to think that google is trying to make the world a better place, as opposed to making money, will surely take this as a slight on the poor company.  As soon as they become a not for profit company I will agree with them.  Until then they are just looking to achieve their revenue goals through whatever means they see necessary.  Google wants everything to be free, except having access to content without ads.  And more specifically without ads that they are paid to host.

  142. Anonymous says:

    I'm pretty sure someone at M$ will ask you to remove this post. Lets see if you are man enough to keep it.

  143. Anonymous says:

    Some parts of this post are witty indeed, but in general I don't find it brilliant. I understand it is only an ironical parody and shouldn't be taken too seriously, but most of the comparisons are plainly untrue.

    As many have pointed out, H.264 is patented encumbered and you need to pay royalties in certain commercial use cases. If you make it completely free and Google still refuses to implement it for political reasons, then your post would be really funny and I would laugh at Google.

    On of the real things that you may have attacked, is that WebM seems to be slightly technically inferior, that is to say, H.264 demonstrates slightly (although unnoticable for a normal viewer) better quality at the same bitrate and at least now requires less resources for encoding.

    Another fine point that you are actually taking a dig at, is that google can try to push its standard down our throats by using youtube, which is clearly the most popular streaming site. While I agree it's not the way standards should be established, it seems to be an extremely prevalent practice from Microsoft's side…

  144. Anonymous says:

    Sorry, but if we were supposed to pay for speaking English after 10 years, we should all stop using it and learn Esperanto.

    The only reason why the United Internet Explorers want to continue speaking English, is beceause they are too lazy to learn the open source Esperanto.

  145. Anonymous says:

    People are being a bit thick. The overheads of English are that it has baggage such as weird spelling and irregular verbs. And yet it's out there being incredibly useful to Billions. HTH, zealots.

  146. Anonymous says:

    Dear President of the United States of Google,

    We, the consortium of ENGLISH-LA, are writing to inform you that any attempt to create a new language or provide a means of creating it is a violation of one or more of the patents held by our members. Our members have invested a considerable amount of time and resources to create the letters that make up all of the words in use today. As such, we would be inclined to protect their investment if you chose to go through with your attempt to create a new language without first obtaining a license from us.

    Like you, our members are interested in fostering the spread of widely adapted and quality languages for communication amongst all people. That is why our members have pooled their considerable intellectual properties to make it easy to create new languages. We encourage you and everyone else that want to create any new language to license our members' work to avoid any legal issue that might arise in the future.


    Legal Counsel,

    ENGLISH LA Consortium LLC.

  147. Anonymous says:

    The parody of the future… today!!

  148. Anonymous says:

    Nicely done 🙂

  149. Anonymous says:


  150. Anonymous says:

    There's a problem with your analogy:

    I can speak english for free, if I spoke h.264 I'd have to pay licensing fees.

  151. Anonymous says:

    Yeah ! As usually, some are stuck in the past when others build the future. And you know where you are…

  152. Anonymous says:

    Remember VC-1 (some of you know what really happened….); nice try like msn, live, bing, zune, vista etc. (main issue: Microsoft products?)

    Other people might be able to accomplish what you couldn't!!!

    Lets wait and see.

  153. Anonymous says:

    you're comparing apples with pears, or tomatoes, or even pumpkins…

    no one has to pay for using english … and since microsoft (the company you are backing…) is the only company which doesn't want put Esperanto (WebM) in it's dictionary (webbrowser) it's up to you to adapt to the world, and not the world that needs to adapt to you…

    all the other dictionary (mozilla, opera, etc) companies manage to work with esperanto (WebM) so i guess you guys need to go back to school because new technology takes time to adapt… Maybe you are forgetting that you already lost a very big part of the world using your books (webbrowser) to those other companies because of you own view on languages.. (non-conformity to HTML standards)

  154. Anonymous says:

    Ne moku viajn klientojn. Don't mock your customers.

  155. Anonymous says:

    Was invented in the previous – not last – century and has 2.000.000 speakers.

  156. Anonymous says:

    Who knows, maybe microsoft could learn to make a correct non-buggy non-sucky browser, instead of this useless sarcasm, but based on history, they probably won't.

  157. Anonymous says:

    Perhaps a list of all the things that aren't supported on Windows Phone 7 devices would a suitable comment here?

  158. Anonymous says:

    Maybe if you had the balls to implement open standards, you wouldn't have to write retarded posts like this one

  159. Anonymous says:

    Detail is that more people speak Chinese and English is only the third language after Spanish. Also most people speak "International English" which is a hybrid of their own language and English.

    Another detail is that a lot of literature actually is translated into many other languages, since only 6% of the people lives in so called "this country".

    The last detail is clear: Microsoft still thinks from a "conquered-and-should-stay-conquered" perspective. The 94% of the rest of the real world follows who listens to their words instead of money.

  160. Anonymous says:

    Last time I wanted to use a language it didn't cost me 7.5 million. Languages are open H.264 is not

  161. Anonymous says:

    Li ŝajnas ke iom da personoj kiuj skribis supren konas esperantan lingvon. Estas facile komdamni sen scii. Ĉu vi scias kui parolas Esperanton ? Ĉu vi konas tiun lingvon. Do, sekvu la retlingojn :…/video.htm…/54

    Poste, vi povos skribi kaj paroli pri Esperanto.


  162. Anonymous says:

    Do not forget that before English, French used to be the international language, and before that Latin, or Ancient if you consider the whole galaxy according to the Stargate canon. And the next one will probably be Chinese. Things evolve.

    Oh, and, people don't have to pay royalties to speak and write English, unlike H.264.

  163. Anonymous says:

    Via publika letero estus pli frapa se vi skribus ĝin en Esperanto.

    Mi ŝatus uzi Esperanton pli ofte en la ĉiutaga vivo. Bonŝance mi povas:

    * Uzi la esperantlingvan fasadon de Vizaĝlibro.

    * Interparoli kun esperantlingvanoj tie.

    * Uzi plurajn esperantlingvajn programojn ĉe Linukso.

    * Uzi la esperantlingvan variaĵon de Farjovulpo.

    * Aŭskulti aktualajn sondosierojn.

    * ktp

    La sola okazo en kiu mi ne povas esti tute en esperantlingva medio ĉe mia komputilo estas, kiam mi uzas viajn programojn kaj operaciumon.

    Dankon pro la atenton.

  164. Anonymous says:

    Finally, some passion from Microsoft!

  165. Anonymous says:

    Bad attempt to make a joke. Or may be you know, that M$ plans to file some patents on English language usage? For example they can ban using the word "windows" without paying a fee 😉

  166. Anonymous says:

    Anyone and everyone that can't enjoy this magnificent letter must be banned from the Internet for life, so the rest of us can freely wander around, speaking Ido.

  167. Anonymous says:

    I only wonder what does the economic power of China have to say.

    I'm not that worried about some small companies, who still think they're great.

  168. Anonymous says:

    Since you work for Microsoft, by default you are always wrong.

  169. Anonymous says:

    I detect a bit of sour grapes here, given Microsoft's repeated failures to establish its own standards in these areas.

    Tell me, Mr. Sneath, what success has Microsoft had recently?  I don't mean PR gimmicks like Surface or OEM Windows N+1, I mean sound, hard, commercial successes with new products?  Heck, even Office revenue is going down.

  170. Anonymous says:

    Well said,  but though it is easy to point fingers at others, those living in glass houses should be cautious and should not throw stones at others.

  171. Anonymous says:

    ..lame. There are many more important issues challenging the world today. I will not waste any further time on this "issue".

  172. Anonymous says:

    Superb !!!!!! Sometimes humor speaks more than 2000 word article. 🙂

  173. Anonymous says:

    Haha, the Google hate at Microsoft has reached record levels.

  174. Anonymous says:

    The whole world can see how we 'benefit' from Microsoft's own set of webstandards in IE6, and now you mock Google for going their own way?? You hypocrit!!

    This is why people hate Microsoft…

  175. Anonymous says:

    Brain washed idiot.

  176. Anonymous says:

    Microsoft has no right to preach about Google dropping support to a Microsoft close sourced product.

  177. Anonymous says:

    Microsoft and its employees talking about openness? EPIC FAIL

  178. Anonymous says:

    hypocrite hypocrite hypocrite…

  179. Anonymous says:

    Yeah as others have stated, your analogy is flawed.

    People are free to use, share, modify, and share their modifications of the English language without worry about copyrights, patents or licensing fees.

    Nice try though.

  180. Anonymous says:

    Ok ! when Esperanto will adopt a male sufixe (ex. : ic" or other) as "in" for femelle one for stop its underlying and shameful sexism.

  181. Anonymous says:

    Your analogy is perfect: Microsoft would like to apply the same colonial politics of anglophone countries towards the other languages of the worlds, just like European did with indios people after America's discovery, in the softwares business. Because Google doesn't want to kneel down in front of Microsoft supremacy, like esperantists refuse to do with English, you mock Mountain View, forgetting an interesting precedent: David and Goliath, a.k.a. the strength of reasons.

  182. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, Microsoft is all about open standards . . .

    Excerpts from the FINDINGS OF FACT in USA vs. Microsoft Corporation:

    66.  Furthermore, Microsoft expends a significant portion of its monopoly power, which could otherwise be spent maximizing price, on imposing burdensome restrictions on its customers — and in inducing them to behave in ways — that augment and prolong that monopoly power.

    Withholding Crucial Technical Information

    90.  Microsoft knew that Netscape needed certain critical technical information and assistance in order to complete its Windows 95 version of Navigator in time for the retail release of Windows 95. Indeed, Netscape executives had made a point of requesting this information, especially the so-called Remote Network Access ("RNA") API, at the June 21 meeting. Specifically, Microsoft representative J. Allard had told Barksdale that the way in which the two companies concluded the meeting would determine whether Netscape received the RNA API immediately or in three months.

    91.  Although Netscape declined the special relationship with Microsoft, its executives continued, over the weeks following the June 21 meeting, to plead for the RNA API. Despite Netscape's persistence, Microsoft did not release the API to Netscape until late October, i.e., as Allard had warned, more than three months later. The delay in turn forced Netscape to postpone the release of its Windows 95 browser until substantially after the release of Windows 95 (and Internet Explorer) in August 1995.

    92.  Microsoft similarly withheld a scripting tool that Netscape needed to make its browser compatible with certain dial-up ISPs. Microsoft had licensed the tool freely to ISPs that wanted it, and in fact had cooperated with Netscape in drafting a license agreement that, by mid- July 1996, needed only to be signed by an authorized Microsoft executive to go into effect. There the process halted, however.

    Creating a Java Implementation for Windows that Undermined Portability and Was Incompatible with Other Implementations

    387.  Although Sun intended Java technologies eventually to allow developers to write applications that would run on multiple operating systems without any porting, the Java class libraries have never exposed enough APIs to support full-featured applications. Java developers have thus always needed to rely on platform-specific APIs in order to write applications with advanced functionality. Recognizing this, Sun sponsored a process for the creation of a software method that would allow developers writing in Java to rely directly upon APIs exposed by a particular operating system in a way that would nevertheless allow them to port their applications with relative ease to JVMs running on different operating systems.

    388.  On March 12, 1996, Sun signed an agreement granting Microsoft the right to distribute and make certain modifications to Sun's Java technologies. Microsoft used this license to create its own Java development tools and its own Windows-compatible Java runtime environment. Because the motivation behind the Sun-sponsored effort ran counter to Microsoft's interest in preserving the difficulty of porting, Microsoft independently developed methods for enabling "calls" to "native" Windows code that made porting more difficult than the method that Sun was striving to make standard.

    390.  Microsoft easily could have implemented Sun's native method along with its own in its developer tools and its JVM, thereby allowing Java developers to choose between speed and portability; however, it elected instead to implement only the Microsoft methods. Microsoft continued to refuse to implement Sun's native method until November 1998, when a court ordered it to do so. It then took Microsoft only a few weeks to implement Sun's native method in its developer tools and JVM.

  183. Anonymous says:

    Is this the most mature and constructive response that Microsoft can muster in this instance?  Not only is this an snide, disingenuous analogy, it confirms what we all already know – Microsoft don't have the first clue about the web, the role of open source, or how the web grows.  Let's not forget, this little ditty is brought to us by the same people that gave us IE6.  Thanks, but no thanks.

  184. Anonymous says:

    Firefox worked ever for an open web, now with Opera & Chrome, the web will remove the cancer of H.264, and will be free (as freedom).

  185. Anonymous says:

    Then why did you make Silverlight, MS.

  186. Anonymous says:

    Is it April 1st???  Excuse me, but every link on this page seems to be talking about HTML???  Is this the new language your describing?

    I got a better idea, lets all use PIG LATIN!

  187. Anonymous says:

    Hah the deluded views of money driven, standard ignoring, closed sourcers. I love you're attempt to create something new from the existing world. Thanks for slowing our progress *thumbs up*

  188. Anonymous says:

    As one of the many people that helped give birth to the Internet it is based on open protocols.  Ms has very learned this and has always been focused on "Vendor Lockin"  Sure MS has broken many protocols so they only work with their system.  I am glad to see that there are now more "Big Boys" at the table that believe in open standards that can maybe force you all to play nice.  You make a joke about Esperanto yet MS has been talking MSEsperanto for years.  Example Kerbous5.  Your version is call Kerbous yet no other OS using open standard Kerbous can connect to your AD.  Suck it up your now getting caught in your own game you have been playing for years.

  189. Anonymous says:

    I am one of those esperantos….i don't suppose i can think also that the human race is worth anything? the language according to mr Chomsky is a necessity of anyone's life? what is the price of life? if your decision is reflected in any way by the history of life on earth as can be seen as recently as 2008, maybe the rules of law go awry at times as demonstrated by the financial crises around the world and for which we are asked the esperantos to foot the bills. esperanto santi.esperantos santi.

  190. Anonymous says:

    At some point in the future Microsoft will be forced to adopt VP8. It would be better for everyone if it happened as soon as possible.

    If Google announced that YouTube won't work with IE in the future the market share of your browser would be less than 5% in a few months.

  191. Anonymous says:

    Simply brilliant.

    GOOG and MSFT completely exchanged their usual roles …

    2011 is going to be a very interesting year.

  192. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for sharing…

    Tommy K. /

    Good days. /

  193. Anonymous says:

    Just stupid… I don't have to pay for the english language – but for H.264 I have to pay!

  194. Anonymous says:

    Esperanto is a language for communists. English is the language of the declining American empire. Stick to it.

  195. Anonymous says:

    MS and Apple allow me to use whatever formats I want. They definitely don't put any restrictions on how available certain things are to me in their best interests. Like everyone else is stating… hypocrites.

    In the end, Google, Mozilla, and Opera are still being more accepting than IE or Safari is, and I'd rather use open formats than closed, restricted ones..

  196. Anonymous says:

    Esperanto does not charge royalties…

  197. Anonymous says:

    Remember to pay your English Speaking, Writing and Recording Roaylties.

    At least, reading and hearong would still be free in your United States…

  198. Anonymous says:

    Which comunist? Esperanto is related with nothing. No with politics adn not with religion, and not with a geographical region.

    You talk like people that vote Berlusconi in Italy, believing that their vote is agains the comunist that don-t exist

  199. Anonymous says:

    Google sucks. Linux sucks. Open source sucks balls. Richard Stallman sucks eggs. Windows 7 FTW. IE9 FTW. Office 2010 FTW. Bing FTW. Windows Phone 7 FTW. Kinect FTW. XBox 360 FTW. Microsoft FTW.

  200. Anonymous says:

    English is closer to WEBM  than H.264, because they are free of rights and everyone without exception can use them without paying duty, and this forever.

    The format that you are defending (H.264) is all but not free.

    After the 2016 limit,  several companies will have to pay for use it.

    You dont see, Apple and Microsoft can use webm like Google.

    But Google and all other compagny don't have the save wright than Apple and Microsoft have on H.264.

    The solution would be to free H.264 like Google has done for WebM.

    But that, Apple and Microsoft still oppose because it.

    They don't want, all have the free of use for this video format.

    (Sorry for my english)

  201. Anonymous says:

    Silly post…

    Maybe you don't really got what Google did. They removed support for h.264 for html 5 video tag.

    If you have flash, you still can see h.264.

    Unlike you guys and your IE browser which don't support nothing of html 5. Chrome and others already support video, audio, animations and even 3d games in the browser!

    WebM is BSD licensed, so you can use it and don't need to pay nobody and can charge everybody. (No costs, just profts for you).

    And yet you make fun. You should remember windows phone 7.

  202. Anonymous says:

    Inteligent post.

  203. Anonymous says:

    "…will consider adding support for other high-quality constructed languages…"

    None more "high quality" than Loglan / Lojban, being the product of millions of man-hours by scores of linguists and logicians.

  204. Anonymous says:

    Hi, Tim!

    Here in Europe, where Esperanto was launched, we are in the 21st century. Esperanto was launched in 1887, which is in the previous century; that doesn’t make it “last century”. It is well known around the world that in some respects Americans are a bit retarded, but mathematics-wise we thought you were better. Would you, please, come back to Esperanto issues once you reached the 21st century?

  205. Anonymous says:

    ZOMG!! Microsoft the Champions of Openness and web standards  

  206. Anonymous says:

    So true.

    Open source is a cancer, Google should be carved up by regulators and sold off for crimes against humanity.

  207. Anonymous says:

    Den här typen av engelska faller helt utanför mina kunskaper. Jag begriper inte ett enda fern. Sulle du inte kunna tänka dej att skreva den på någon sorts svenska så vi sum inte förstår Engelska kan ta del av dina kokheter. 🙂

  208. Anonymous says:

    This is almost as funny as it is stupid. Unless of course, you work for a company who reaps profits out of H.264…

  209. Anonymous says:

    strangely, though, users of other languages don't have to pay royalties if they want to use their language commercially… [2]

  210. Anonymous says:

      As a native English speaker, Esperanto teacher at Stanford University's International Center, AND Computer Consultant, i hope to shed some light here.

      First i'd like to thank you for using the English/Esperanto analogy because i do believe that there is value in it, although all analogies break down at some point. In summary, you are saying that Microsoft uses H.264 which is used by many people at this time. Google, on the other hand, has announced that it will not be using that standard, favoring other open-source standards, used by only a few people at this time.

      Your analogy with the number of Esperanto speakers is correct although your figure is wrong. The claim that Esperanto is only spoken by as few as 10,000, is only made by people ignorant of Esperanto. I was at the World Esperanto Congress in Warsaw in 1987, the 100th Anniversary of Esperanto, with more than 5000 other participants! It would be ridiculous to think that half of all Esperanto users of the world were at that convention. Probably the number is closer to 2 million as counted by authoritative statistician/linguists. English on the other hand is used, abused and confused by hundreds of millions. I don't know how many people use WebM, but just as Esperanto started with an idea from Dr. ZAMENHOF, Linux started with only Linus TORVALDS.

      Your analogy of English being a closed system and Esperanto being open is, i believe, more important. As others have pointed out, H.264, like almost everything that Microsoft does, is "closed", using copyrights, patents or licensing fees, etc. WebM, and others, are "open" in that anyone can use them for free (without cost) and freely (without licenses or permits, etc.). I don't think i need to show, that the world, as well as Microsoft, has been enriched by the free (or at least cheap) use of the free (unfettered) Internet.

      The analogy breaks down because English as well as Esperanto are both free (without licenses). Esperanto was designed to be easy (no irregulars, etc.), and Esperanto is meant to be everybody's SECOND language! Esperanto is not meant to replace English but to be an "open" tool for everyone to use when you don't have a common language. I don't want to bore people with the charts of how many hours of instruction it takes to learn Esperanto versus English, but i will claim that it is amazingly easier to learn Esperanto. Check out or my page for details. Nobody is stopping anyone from using H.264 at a cost, but for free why not give WebM a chance?

      But language learning is not free (without cost). The use of English costs billions of dollars to the world annually in translation costs, language learning costs, and lost opportunities because of the world's language problems.

       I'm not against English or making money. I'm for freedom. It seems to me that Esperanto has huge advantages for intelligent people worldwide, and that Google has found a way to make a few dollars with "free" tools too.

      Thank you.

  211. Anonymous says:

    This blog is /so/ Microsoft. Butt ugly swirls everywhere, STILL copying aqua OSX. No attention paid to design, and the content of the post is of course fallacious

  212. Anonymous says:


  213. Anonymous says:

    Well played, very well played indeed.

  214. Anonymous says:

    Interesting, I didn't know English speakers had to pay royalties to Microsoft and Apple.

  215. Anonymous says:

    Prenu vian Mikrosofton kaj enŝovu vi ĝin en via kulo!

  216. Anonymous says:

    I found the article at this location particularly…/googles-dropping-h264-from-chrome-a-step-backward-for-openness.ars

    The following paragraph, talking about Google's removal of H.264 vs other technologies Chrome uses stands out: "At the very least, there appears to be a significant inconsistency between the company's actions regarding video support, and the rest of its browser. If it's going to remove features for poorly-articulated ideological reasons, it would surely make sense to apply that ideology consistently."

  217. Anonymous says:

    You should have just thought it, anyone in the collective would have been aware instantly.  Must be nice not requiring any language.

  218. Anonymous says:

    Well, take the usual MS approach.  Implement the standard badly in IE and make the world think that it's broken.  You know, like ODF in Office.