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    Friday, April 30, 2010

    Link Share - Apple, Adobe.. and Micro$oft?

    It's been an interesting weekend, technologically, and I think it's safe to say that the Apple/Adobe hot-potatoe-drama is coming to it's final concluding state..

    What wasn't expected and came out of no where (sort of, since the signs were already pointing there) Micro$oft's IE Blog made quite a table-turning statement.. What's so weird? It's actually backing up Apple..

    Not exciting enough to click the link?

    I guess it is ;)

    Anyways, so It started all with Steve Jobs posting a long LONG open-letter discussing his thoughts on Flash..
    Flash was created during the PC era – for PCs and mice. Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs. But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short.
    Basically, the same speculation many tech blogs have made regarding how this should conclude, and that was Steve's definitive answer to the whole deal..

    Adobe's answer, though lacks any direct remarks on what Steve said, they just threw in the towel.. Officially..
    However, as we posted last week, given the legal terms Apple has imposed on developers, we have already decided to shift our focus away from Apple's iPhone and iPad devices for both Flash Player and AIR. We are working to bring Flash Player and AIR to all the other major participants in the mobile ecosystem, including Google, RIM, Palm (soon to be HP), Microsoft, Nokia and others.
    Google's Android, amongst other mobile OS's, seem to be the final haven for any Flash supported content to be delivered..

    Meanwhile, between two giants personally blogging about their ideas, Micro$oft gave their two cents (or Halalas) on the future of interactive and video content on the web..
    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, there.. Another software giant is backing the movement towards HTML5..

    Conclusions? So far, Adobe is stepping down, instead of trying to lead with any other initiative..
    Forced to do so, or willingly doing so? I'll let you guys know as soon as the updates come in..


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