9th May 2010
I’ve always been against Adobe Flash. It’s slow, CPU consuming, insecure, painful to work with and overly very user unfriendly. Finally my dislike for Flash is being met with by powerful companies who are all now rallying against Flash and pushing towards HTML 5.
It all started with Steve Jobs writing a letter announcing why Flash will never be supported on the iPhone or iPad. It has been the talk of the industry and now more hands are rising in favour of ditching Flash and living with HTML 5. Following is Opera (the browser) and Microsoft both stating that they back HTML 5 in favour of Flash. (Microsoft clearly doesn’t realise it’s Silverlight is likely to die as well)
YouTube, Vimeo and Scribd are just a few of the sites that used to rely heavily on Flash that are taking advantage of HTML 5 features to rid themselves of Flash for a better user experience. I myself have been working of ridding Flash out of my sites, namely NexTunes.com.au‘s audio player will run using the audio tag in browsers which support it coming the next release of the site and it will also say goodbye to any Flash based ads.
Adobe are obviously concerned about this recent onslaught from competitors and will be interesting to see whether or not they try new techniques to keep Flash alive.