For some companies, change is not so easy. Case in point: Adobe, which last week doubled down its efforts on Flash, releasing Flash Player 11, Air 3, and ramping up its 3-D and HD support—even as many critics argue the industry is shifting away from Flash and toward HTML5.
Today, Microsoft released Internet Explorer 9, the browser's latest iteration. Like competitors Firefox and Chrome, Microsoft is fully focused on the power of HTML5. What kind impact will that have on the web—and could it sound the death knell for Flash?
This video shows an unscientific but intriguing battle between Adobe Flash and HTML5 on mobile devices. For all the talk about HTML5 being the savior of Web video, you might expect it to not get trounced so thoroughly.
Think about your iPhone's New York Times or Facebook app. They don't feel like an installed program—they're much less clunky—nor a website, which is anything but native. Apps are some lighter in-between. Now Microsoft is trying to bring that same concept to Windows 7.