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Mail Clients and Video Email

Video plays on most iOS devices and in Apple Mail. Most webmail clients display a clickable fallback image when video is not supported.

Hotmail does play HTML5 video when autoplay is used. Most desktop mail clients play the video and do display a clickable fallback image as necessary. Below are some stats of the present state of Mail clients and how they support video and fallback images.

Email client support for HTML5 video

Desktop email clients Result
Apple Mail Yes  Video plays
Lotus Notes 6, 7 and 8.5   Fallback content displayed
Outlook 2003, 2007, 2010   Fallback content displayed
Outlook for Mac 2011   Video plays
Windows Live Mail 2011   Fallback content displayed
Web-based email clients Result
AOL Web   Fallback content displayed
Gmail   Fallback content displayed
Hotmail   Video plays when prompted
Yahoo! Mail Beta   Fallback content displayed
Mobile email clients Result
Android (default)   Controls display, but video does not play*
Android (Gmail)   Fallback content displayed
Blackberry   Fallback content displayed
iPhone Yes  Video plays
Windows Mobile 7   Fallback content displayed
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