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The Future of the Internet

June 10, 2010

With the recent release of the iPad and the increasing popularity if mobile web browsing a lot of discussion has been taking place about the future of the internet and more specifically Adobe Flash. 

Flash has become under attack recently (mostly by Apple) for being a security risk, a memory hog, and a drain on batteries for mobile devices.  On the flip side Flash has been a dominant force on the internet since the mid 90’s and is clearly the current choice for presenting multi media and dynamic content on the web.  Adobe claims that 75% of all video on the web is presented using Flash.

Now when I first heard about this heard how strongly Apple came out against Flash I was surprised and frankly I didn’t think it would have much of an impact on the use of flash on the web.  But over time and with a bit more research on my part I am really starting to wonder.  I mean think about it. Apple has taken a very strong stance against flash, Google is pushing HTML5, and Microsoft has released Silverlight which is starting to pick up some momentum.  Can Adobe hold off Apple, Google, & Microsoft?  I don’t know.  Now it won’t be easy but Adobe does have a good head start. As a developer I am excited to see what is going to happen over the next few years.  It is definitely going to interesting.


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