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Open source advocates claim Adobe is showing open source animosity

When it comes to rich media on the Internet today, much of the media is powered by Adobe Flash. Flash has some competition like Microsoft Silverlight, but Flash continues to be one of the most supported rich media applications.

The future of Flash is not as clear as it once was with Google touting the ability to support rich media applications online with HTML 5. For its part Adobe insists that Flash will survive HTML 5 and Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen went so far as to dismiss HTML 5, reports InformationWeek.

Narayen said, "[T]he fragmentation of browsers makes Flash even more important rather than less important."

Perhaps the most interesting demonstration that could put fear into the hearts of Adobe and its shareholder is the demonstration by Google at its developer conference of a YouTube prototype using HTML 5 instead of Flash.

Adobe's John Dowdell posted a blog comment in response to numerous headlines and Tweets that called HTML 5 a "Flash-killer." Dowdell called Apple, Google, and Mozilla "a consortium of minority browser vendors" and considered the absence of Flash on the iPhone and Silverlight technology as an endorsement of the technology.

Dowdell wrote, "Silverlight's launch helped boost the popularity of Flash. ... iPhone helped to radically increase the number of phones with Flash support."

Adobe has taken a defensive tact with regards to HTML 5 leading to speculation that the company may be more afraid of the technology that it wants to let on. InformationWeek reports that some readers posted comments to Dowdell's blog calling the advocacy of Flash another sign of Adobe's "open standards animosity."

Adobe is trucking along in the poor global economy, but reported a 41% drop in profits for its last quarter. Despite the decline in profit the stock price remains steady, which InformationWeek believes is a sign that investors see the drop in profits as due to the economy and not issues with the company or its offerings. Strategy Analytics reported in February that MySpace and YouTube were driving the adoption of some forms of Flash. If YouTube movies to another platform it would be a significant blow to Adobe.

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By Spivonious on 6/19/2009 12:49:22 PM , Rating: 5
Geez, HTML 5 isn't even finalized yet and you're already upset at MS for not supporting it in IE8?

By bhieb on 6/19/2009 1:17:27 PM , Rating: 5
Yeah that damn Win7 won't recognize my next holographic drive either /sarcasm.

By Doormat on 6/19/2009 5:20:26 PM , Rating: 2
There are parts of HTML 5 that are close to final - MS even implemented some pieces in IE8.

There are two main problems with MS and HTML 5. (I'll even skip over SVG and CSS3...)

One is their refresh cycle. It seems Apple, Google and Mozilla are working much faster implementing pieces of HTML 5 than MS is. I'd rather see IE 8.1, 8.2 with additional HTML 5 features as they come up for finalization vs IE9 in two or three years. The web is evolving rapidly and if MS doesn't have a 12-15 month release schedule then they're holding the rest of the internet back from cool new features.

The other problem with MS and HTML 5 is their refusal to accept OGG for audio and theora for video codecs for the AUDIO and VIDEO HTML 5 tags. Those tags will do no one any good if MS cant jump on board with what will otherwise be the defacto standard (along with H.264 for video, since Apple and Google are pushing that hard).

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