In what some are calling an unusual move, Microsoft is siding with Apple stating the HTML5 is the future of the Web. Microsoft has also indicated that it is deeply involved with the W3C in the process of setting standards. Microsoft goes on to state that it supports H.264, which IE9 will use for video playback.

On its blog, the company also states:

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Other codecs often come up in these discussions. The distinction between the availability of source code and the ownership of the intellectual property in that available source code is critical. Today, intellectual property rights for H.264 are broadly available through a well-defined program managed by MPEG LA.   The rights to other codecs are often less clear, as has been described in the press.  Of course, developers can rely on the H.264 codec and hardware acceleration support of the underlying operating system, like Windows 7, without paying any additional royalty.

Today, video on the web is predominantly Flash-based. While video may be available in other formats, the ease of accessing video using just a browser on a particular website without using Flash is a challenge for typical consumers. Flash does have some issues, particularly around reliability, security, and performance. We work closely with engineers at Adobe, sharing information about the issues we know of in ongoing technical discussions. Despite these issues, Flash remains an important part of delivering a good consumer experience on today’s web.

This seems like a nice way of saying that Adobe because of reliability, security, and performance issues is going the way of the dodo. IMHO.

What do you think? With Microsoft and Apple being down on Flash, or so it seems, will Flash be going away?

Comments welcome.

Microsoft blog entry

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