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Tech Talk Radio Show 18 of 2010
Transmission date: May 3, 2010
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Ep 18 of 2010
May 3, 2010

Adobe Flash -Apple RIP Adobe must be wondering what it did wrong to have it’s Flash product rejected by Apple, and now Microsoft. Late last week Microsoft announced that it’s new IE9 browser will not support Adobe Flash either in what seems to be a major move to HTML 5, the newest incarnation of code that brings websites to your browser.  Writing in Microsoft’s IEBlog, Dean Hachamovitch, general manager of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer arm, weighs in on the Flash debate echoing some of the arguments put forth by Apple CEO Steve Jobs in his much discussed “Thoughts of Flash” essay which also appeared on the Apple site in recent times.

According to the blog, “The future of the web is HTML5,” “Microsoft is deeply engaged in the HTML5 process with the W3C. HTML5 will be very important in advancing rich, interactive Web applications and site design. The HTML5 specification describes video support without specifying a particular video format. We think H.264 is an excellent format. In its HTML5 support, IE9 will support playback of H.264 video only.”

So Microsoft, like Apple, is casting its lot with HTML5, and largely for the same reasons. That said, it’s not abandoning Flash entirely. Not yet, anyway, but it certainly seems that the writing for flash is on the wall. Flash started its life as an alternative to Microsoft’s Powerpoint, a program that rose from the ashes of Macromedia’s Director application, and as a result, was proprietary, which it is still is to this day.

This fact alone may be detrimental to its longevity and is one of the main reasons why Steve Jobs is against it, but it also has its own unique way of development using action scripts to achieve some of its niceties which does not really follow mainstream coding syntax.

Flash also requires plug ins to be installed on browsers which certainly opens up exploitation opportunities as the humble web browser is still the tool of choice for unscrupulous members of the online community. HTML 5 certainly looks to have the edge on the old Flash dinosaur.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs says in an open letter “Today the two companies (Apple and Adobe) still work together to serve their joint creative customers – Mac users buy around half of Adobe’s Creative Suite products – but beyond that there are few joint interests” 
Steve goes on to say, that “besides the fact that Flash is closed and proprietary, has major technical drawbacks, and doesn’t support touch based devices, there is an even more important reason we do not allow Flash on iPhones, iPods and iPads. We have discussed the downsides of using Flash to play video and interactive content from websites, but Adobe also wants developers to adopt Flash to create apps that run on our mobile devices. Apple knows from painful experience that letting a third party layer of software come between the platform and the developer ultimately results in sub-standard apps and hinders the enhancement and progress of the platform.

So if Apple and Microsoft don’t see a future in Flash, it seems that Flash will no longer flash, as developers head down the path of HTML5. 

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