Linked by David Adams on Thu 15th Sep 2011 07:08 UTC, submitted by kristoph
Windows Microsoft announced during the build conference, and Steve Sinofsky reiterated in a blog posting that: "For the web to move forward and for consumers to get the most out of touch-first browsing, the Metro style browser in Windows 8 is as HTML5-only as possible, and plug-in free. The experience that plug-ins provide today is not a good match with Metro style browsing and the modern HTML5 web." Sinfosky goes on explain why Microsoft will not include Flash and why it's no longer needed. It's as close as we'll get to an obituary for Flash. Update from Thom: Added a note in the 'read more'!
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RE[6]: Comment by shmerl
by lemur2 on Sun 18th Sep 2011 23:11 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by shmerl"
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You Tube streams H264 as well.

For now. Google may as well, since it keeps a H264 for the sake of Flash. However the ultimate objective for Google is to not require a H264 copy, in order to: save on storage (YouTube has literally millions of videos); to avoid any control that the MPEG LA consortium has over Google/YouTube's continued ability to conduct business; for all buisness to be able to run Internet video clip ads without having to pay MPEG LA for the ability to do so; and finally perhaps for YouTube to be able to show community-source video yet save on license fees paid to the MPEG LA consortium and hence to competitors.

What is the point of trying to run a competitive business if your competitors have the ability to stop you running it at their whim, and they also have the ability to profit from your running it?

Edited 2011-09-18 23:13 UTC

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