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"Man I love HTML5, but that Flash really gives me a headache!" "Me too, Steve, oh my gosh!!"  (Source: Coder Log)
Microsoft also supports use of proprietary video codec -- h.264

Proponents of HTML5, a hot new web standard that adds video and audio capabilities to the HTML stable, say that it is essential to free the web from the proprietary clutches of Adobe, maker of Flash.  Critics says that it's just a pretty box for another proprietary offering.  They point out that while HTML5 as an open standard could support open video standards like Ogg Theora, all the industry' major players have embraced h.264 -- a proprietary video codec -- as the future of HTML5, essentially killing the hopes of widespread support or adoption of an open codec.

Apple is a big fan of h.264 and a big fan of HTML5.  It doesn't think much of Adobe, though.

Perhaps a more important question, though, is where does Microsoft, who holds more than 90 percent of the operating system market, stand on this issue?   

Interestingly, in a blog to web developers, Microsoft's General Manager for Internet Explorer, Dean Hachamovitch agrees with Apple's assessment.  He states that HTML5 is the "future of the web".  He then proceeds to toss dirt at Adobe, commenting that their "reliability, security, and performance" haven't been so great.

He then softens the blow a bit, remarking that Flash is important to "a good consumer experience on today's web" -- but only because there's not many alternatives widely available currently (most users use Internet Explorer, which doesn't currently support HTML5).

Interestingly, in the talk the Microsoft exec totally ignores Microsoft's own proprietary plug-in Silverlight that it's long been trying to peddle.

Microsoft and Apple agreeing on HTML5?  Microsoft following "Apple's line" with the Windows Phone 7 smart phone operating system?  Windows 7 being fully supported on Boot Camp?  You'd think that Microsoft and Apple were old buddies, not bitter rivals.  What's the world coming to?



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RE: Did they, actually do this....
By gralex on 4/30/2010 7:45:24 PM , Rating: 3
Damn... hit "Worth Reading" by mistake.

Cheap thrills guys... Blogs are by definition opinionated (as they should be). What some of you interpret as sensationalism, could well be genuine frustration. I get the feeling J.M. is one of those rare people that can spit out the answer to a complex equation, but without showing you all the steps involved.

Spoon feeding an audience has its virtues, but it's hardly a blog prerequisite.


By photek2020 on 5/1/2010 11:06:42 AM , Rating: 2
It does not matter if it's a blog. This is not DailyBlogs anyway. Stuff like this should not even be on the front page.

And if something has a title in no relation to the "blog" then when i click on something, who knows what i will end up reading... thats not exactly a professional thing to do not is it.
This title is purely for hits.


By icanhascpu on 5/1/2010 9:34:45 PM , Rating: 1
Once upon a time people wrote with a bit more dignity and didn't have to use cowardly excuses as to why they write crap.


RE: Did they, actually do this....
By Redwin on 5/3/2010 10:27:37 AM , Rating: 2
Its NOT a blog post, its an article under the Internet section. The (blog) link next to the by-line is simply that -- a link to Jason's blog.

The link appears next to the by-line in every DailyTech article, and in nearly every storie's comments section, there are inevitably masses of people like you who will reply to criticism of the article with "But its a blog, look at the link next to his name, he can say what he wants!" (Granted, I think authors can say what they want irrelevant of what heading content is posted under, but that's neither here nor there)

I wish so badly that DailyTech would just REMOVE those (blog) links next to the by-lines so they would stop confusing people.


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