Microsoft Joins In On Apple vs. Adobe… Sides With Apple

This has to be really weird. Microsoft and Apple actually agree on something, and that something would be Flash. On the same day that God Steve Jobs ranted about Flash, I found this posting on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Blog where Microsoft basically takes Apple’s side of this argument:

The future of the web is HTML5. Microsoft is deeply engaged in the HTML5 process with the W3C. HTML5 will be very important in advancing rich, interactive web applications and site design. The HTML5 specification describes video support without specifying a particular video format. We think H.264 is an excellent format. In its HTML5 support, IE9 will support playback of H.264 video only.


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.

So it looks like God Steve Jobs has an ally of sorts in his ongoing battle against Adobe. You have to wonder how Adobe is going to spin this one. Over to you Adobe!

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