The love-hate relationship that millions of computer geeks around the world have with Flash is about to change. Flash Player has gotten a makeover and released its version 11. The widely-used browser plug-in from Adobe got an overhaul, undoubtedly due to threats to its monopoly from rapidly-growing web standards competitors like HTML5, Silverlight and Java FX. Web standards coming to market is the only threat to Flash’s supremacy though, Adobe’s brainchild has also been locked out of iOS devices and has only a small foothold with Android.
With this new release of Flash Adobe seems to be forgetting the iOS lockout and other cellphone and tablet platforms, and instead is targeting high-end technology — specifically within gaming, high-end video, in-house application building and the growing 64-bit world.
Adobe is giving up their sole focus on Flash and entering the exciting world of HTML 5. Before you get too excited — they are only releasing a first preview of their new HTML 5 tryout — Edge. Could this be Adobe’s first foray into the eccentric world of internet web standards?
Despite their efforts to push Flash on everyone — including iOS users — Adobe seems to be recognizing the abilities of programming, outside of their own brainchild Flash. This very likely comes after several technologists describe Adobe’s clinging to Flash a “living in the past”.
Earlier this month, Apple previewed Final Cut Pro X; the newest version of the company’s professional non-linear video editing software and Photoshop Touch SDK. But, the next biggest announcement was that of Adobe’s declaration to add support for HTTP Live streaming (HLS) to its Flash Media Server.
HLS helps send live or pre-recorded video to iOS devices and Macs, using any traditional web browser. Which means that, companies who create Flash video as part of their workflow can now stream that video to iPads, iPad touches, and iPhones, without the pre-requisite of re-encoding it. This will enable users to watch many Web videos on iOS devices or Flash-free Mac.
During their Microsoft’s MIX ’11 conference in Las Vegas, Microsoft announced their upcoming release of Mango, the new Windows Phone OS. Mango is expected this fall. Mango will be Microsoft’s offering to finally compete with the more robust operating systems currently dominating the market — finally bringing features already popular in the market like multitasking.
With all the Buzz about Google’s upcoming Chrome OS — Buzz… get it… a little Google joke, but with all the buzz about Google’s upcoming release of cloud-based operating system Chrome, people aren’t taking much interest in Linux’s already released cloud OS — Splashtop.
The new cloud-based OS has yet to make a big splash but it has already been released and has been preinstalled on some ASUS, Dell, HP, Acer, and Lenovo machines. The release date ahead of Google’s Chrome deserves kudos, but the warm welcome hasn’t been forthcoming from the Internet community as most cloud fans are still holding their breath for Chrome.