A Future Without Flash: Microsoft and Apple Nail The Coffin

May 3, 2010

Wow. Big Changes. Bad news and more bad news for Adobe Flash and Flash developers over the past few days.

Apple Says No Flash On Apple Mobile

First, there was the announcement by Steve Jobs on the Apple blog.

Flash was created during the PC era – for PCs and mice. Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs. But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short.

Steve hath spoken. Adobe Flash lies broken.

Microsoft Says Yes To H.264 Video, Says No To Flash

Dean Hachamovitch, General Manager of the IE team drove in another nail with an announcement on the IE Blog.

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.

The name of this blog isn’t “Watchable Web” so I don’t know anything about what hidden or not so hidden agendas Apple or Microsoft might have for supporting H.264. But Flash’s funeral will have a big impact on the way text looks on the web, and soon.

Web Fonts Become More Important, Cufón, Too.

@Font-Face just became a whole lot more important. If Flash isn’t going to be available on Apple Mobile devices and IE9 won’t support it for video, Flash no longer has a future. For text replacement, it is no longer a viable option, period. As in: stop using as of now, today. As in: if using, phase out, soon.

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