HTML5 won't kill Flash or Silverlight says report

HTML5 won't kill Flash or Silverlight says report Other distribution codecs safe for at least five years

HTML5, the budding specification for multimedia in web applications, will not displace proprietary rich Internet technologies, such as Adobe Flash/Flex or Microsoft Silverlight, anytime soon, an analyst report released this week said. Based on data gathered from three IT surveys in 2009, Forrester Research does not see obsolescence for the single vendor-driven plug-in platforms.

"For at least five years, the answer is a definite 'no'; inconsistent implementations of the draft HTML5 specification and immature tooling make building HTML5 apps that work with consistently across browsers and operating systems a real challenge," said the April 21 report entitled, "Does HTML5 Herald the End of RIA Plug-ins? Not really."


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