Microsoft Hates Flash, Too, And For The Same Reasons As AppleMay 3rd, 2010 | By James Lewin | Category: Featured Story, Internet TV, iPods & Portable Media Players, Video
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.
H.264 is an industry standard, with broad and strong hardware support. Because of this standardization, you can easily take what you record on a typical consumer video camera, put it on the web, and have it play in a web browser on any operating system or device with H.264 support e.g. a PC with Windows 7.
We’re focusing our HTML5 video support on H.264.
Given the level of controversy that Apple has faced over its decision to move away from Flash and towards Web standards, it’s a bit surprising to see how quickly others have followed suit.
Microsoft’s move isn’t as definitive as Apple’s, though. They emphasize the importance of maintaining compatibility with Flash:
Flash does have some issues, particularly around reliability, security, and performance. We work closely with engineers at Adobe, sharing information about the issues we know of in ongoing technical discussions. Despite these issues, Flash remains an important part of delivering a good consumer experience on today’s web.
Flash has some issues – like reliability, security and performance.
This closely echoes Steve Jobs’ concerns about the reliability, security and performance of Flash.
Microsoft’s move isn’t as bold as Apple’s. Microsoft is accepting the reliability, security and performance problems of Flash as a necessary evil, while Apple is rejecting it.
Though the clear trend is away from Flash for Internet video, things are going to be messy for a few years.
Where do you think Flash will be when the dust settles?