Adobe Says HTML 5 Won't Replace Flash
June 19, 2009 12:30 PM
comment(s) - last by
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
, 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
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.
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
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
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.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
Older browsers will hold developers back for a long time
6/19/2009 2:51:55 PM
However, just like many new web technologies, developers are severely held back because they have to support older browsers like IE6 that won't support HTML 5 and CSS 3. I think that because of this, Flash still has a very long time to live.
RE: Older browsers will hold developers back for a long time
6/20/2009 2:43:59 AM
I think technologies like flash and silverlight will continue to grow and become the preferred developent tool rather than die off in the distant future.
"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -- Isaac Asimov
MySpace, YouTube Driving Flash Lite Adoption
February 19, 2009, 10:56 AM
Microsoft Reveals Silverlight as Adobe Flash Challenger
April 18, 2007, 12:54 AM
Windows "Threshold" to Cater to Both Desktop, Mobile
June 30, 2014, 8:36 PM
Nintendo's Top Designer: We're Looking to Unify Mobile, Console Games
June 24, 2014, 11:48 AM
Microsoft Boosts Free OneDrive Storage to 15GB, Office 365 Users to Get 1TB
June 23, 2014, 12:06 PM
Google Wants Your Daughter to Grow up to be a Coder
June 20, 2014, 12:26 PM
Report: Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, Windows 8.1 Update 2 Near Release
June 19, 2014, 8:00 PM
BlackBerry 10 Devices to Gain Access to Amazon’s Appstore This Fall
June 18, 2014, 10:11 AM
Most Popular Articles
Apple's iPhone, iPad Update iOS 7.1.2 is Badly Broken for Some
July 8, 2014, 2:00 PM
Buzz Aldrin Says First Astronauts to Set Foot on Mars Should Never Return Home
July 9, 2014, 9:46 AM
Despite Legal Threats Google Begins Posting Warnings of ISP Throttling
July 7, 2014, 5:52 PM
Update: Cadillac ELR Plug-in Hybrid "Sales Fail" Continues, Dealers Offering Up to $19k Off
July 11, 2014, 3:34 PM
Your Uncharged Smartphone, Tablet May Prevent You from Boarding U.S.-bound Flights
July 6, 2014, 11:11 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
Facebook Aims to Provide Internet to "Every Person in the World" with Drones, Satellites
Apr 1, 2014, 10:20 AM
Retail Mobile Sites Experience Outages in Light of Simplexity's Bankruptcy
Mar 14, 2014, 8:48 AM
Tesla vs. BMW: Who Has the Safer EV?
Feb 1, 2014, 2:56 PM
Justice Leaks Details of Next HTC One Two Flagship Phone
Dec 5, 2013, 4:04 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information