ZDNet.co.uk is reporting that at the Internet World Conference in London, Nitot warned that companies like Adobe and Microsoft might have an agenda with their Flash and Silverlight technologies. Even though at the moment these technologies are free to download, this might change in the future. "But maybe they have an agenda," Nitot said, "they're not here for the glory; they're here for the money." He also warns for the dangers of these companies withholding products from certain markets. As examples, he mentions Internet Explorer for the Mac/UNIX, and Adobe's refusal to provide up-to-date binaries of Flash.
Nitot continued that you pretty much need Flash these days in order to offer video online, but that this might change in the near future when HTML5 reaches maturity, which will do away with the need for Flash for audio and video content, because audio and video will be part of HTML5. He told ZDNet.co.uk after the presentation that Adobe's Flash is not compatible with the open web, and that Adobe may open source it if Silverlight's competition becomes too fierce.