More Trouble for Adobe: Wikipedia to have Flash-Free Video

By Partho, Gaea News Network
Thursday, March 18, 2010

Should my title be “decline of Adobe Flash Empire“?¬† Adobe acquired rival Macromedia to establish its monopoly over Web standards. With the emergence of new Web standards, especially HTML5, Adobe’s Flash is fast losing its grip on Web. The top brass of software companies are in no mood to cooperate with Adobe Flash. We had already discussed Apple’s apathy over Flash support in iPad. Some of the software majors like Microsoft, Sun have already waged a anti-Flash campaign. Now Open Video Alliance that includes Mozilla, Kaltura, Miro, and Yale Law School have joined hands to introduce Flash-free video on Wikipedia.

Open Video Alliance had launched a extensive campaign to bring video to Wikipedia. They are supporting several community-based projects to support collaborative work. They are also working on a Participatory Culture Foundation to release a free video conversion app for Windows and Mac. However, its unfortunate for Adobe that none of the projects will add Flash support, instead they will rely on the open standards HTML5 and Theora.

Apple has already marginalized Flash in its devices and with Google’s YouTube and Wikipedia supporting open video, it seems the days of Flash are numbered.

March 18, 2010: 6:26 pm

I think Adobe still has the upper hand here, but it should really come up with more features so that less people will go on switching to other more effective brands.

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