Google made waves in the web geek community last month when it announced that it would be discontinuing support for H.264 video in its Chrome Web browser. While some supported the move, others were concerned that it would hold back HTML5 adoption. But Microsoft has released a plug-in for Google Chrome that will give you H.264 video support even after Google pulls the plug.

The Windows Media Player HTML5 Extension for Chrome, as Microsoft calls it, will work with Chrome on Windows 7, though this means that users of older versions of Windows, or Chrome on Linux or Mac OS X, will still be out of luck, but it's better than nothing.

If you're game, hit up Microsoft's site and download the plug-in.

The HTML5 video format situation is still a mess, and it'll be a while until it's all sorted out. But hopefully the main browser vendors can get together and agree on a single format sooner rather than later.