Opera: ‘Flash makes little sense’

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In probably the oddest move in the Apple vs Adobe Flash turf war, Opera Software has come down on the side of HTML 5.

Well, maybe not 'odd' but it's certainly a surprise.

“At Opera we say that the future of the web is open web standards and Flash is not an open web standards technology,” said Opera's product analyst Phillip Grønvold. “Flash as a video container makes very little sense for CPU, WiFi battery usage etcetera – you can cook an egg on [devices] once you start running Flash on them and there's a reason for that."

Among these reasons are that Flash requires video decoding in software, rather than hardware; it isn't a standards-based component that can be built into devices.

He indicated that Opera will continue to support Flash, which does have purposes for dynamic content, but urged Adobe to move fast to get open if it is to avoid more of the recent smackdowns.

It’s a tough time for Adobe.

“Flash either needs to include itself in the future of the web and open web standards or its technology is going to be consistently under attack from all sides as the open web standard movement grows further and further," said Grønvold, though he concedes Flash to be critical in the “foreseeable future, 18 months or so.”


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