Adobe Insists Flash Will Survive HTML 5 - InformationWeek
Government // Enterprise Architecture
03:55 PM
Connect Directly
Building Security for the IoT
Nov 09, 2017
In this webcast, experts discuss the most effective approaches to securing Internet-enabled system ...Read More>>

Adobe Insists Flash Will Survive HTML 5

Google insists open Web standards will win the day, but Adobe Flash remains the de facto platform for rich Internet applications.

At Google's developer conference last month, VP of engineering Vic Gundotra declared that "the Web has won" and suggested that emerging open Web standards such as HTML 5 have become the preferred platform to create Web applications, even graphically rich ones.

Adobe begs to differ. Its Flash platform remains the de facto standard for rich Internet applications, and the company would be happy for that situation to continue. To make sure that happens, some from Adobe are expressing doubts about HTML 5.

During a recent investor conference call, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen dismissed HTML 5 as being unable to deliver a consistent user experience across different Web browsers and predicted that a decade will pass before the specification gets standardized.

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

Adobe has to put on a brave face in public, but the company appears to be increasingly worried about the future of Flash. Perhaps with good reason: Google's demonstration at its developer conference of a YouTube prototype built with HTML 5 rather than Flash offers a warning of what could come.

So it is that Adobe has been working to reassure its customers and the Internet community at large that Flash is healthy and will make it to the iPhone eventually. Last year, it went to the trouble of launching the Open Screen Project to promote no-cost licensing of Flash for mobile and embedded devices.

In a blog post on Wednesday, John Dowdell, who works in customer relations at Adobe, continued that campaign. Responding to recent "Flash-killer headlines" and a flurry of "kill Flash" tweets on Twitter, he dismissed Apple, Google, and Mozilla as a "consortium of minority browser vendors" and characterized what others regard as threats to Flash, such as Microsoft's Silverlight and Flash's absence on the iPhone, as endorsements of the technology.

1 of 2
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
2017 State of IT Report
In today's technology-driven world, "innovation" has become a basic expectation. IT leaders are tasked with making technical magic, improving customer experience, and boosting the bottom line -- yet often without any increase to the IT budget. How are organizations striking the balance between new initiatives and cost control? Download our report to learn about the biggest challenges and how savvy IT executives are overcoming them.
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll