HTML5, the rise of the cloud
What a wonderful thing, and for once we may actually get it. Maybe. Mircosoft may throw a spanner in the works. Why? Google, that’s why. Everything mobile and everything in the cloud. So far so good, even Apple is in on the act.
Google is going all out on their cloud concept by utilising the web, with HTML5 in particular, to make their upcoming Chrome OS go.
Now all the hype surrounding HTML5 seems to focus on a standard video implementation which in my opinion will never really happen on the web. Conflicting interests have already delayed the adoption of a universal HTML5 video codec, indefinitely. Get over it peeps, move along, nothing to see here.
Canvas is something that could truly propel the web forward, in ways that will blow us all away. However it will have to live alongside Flash and Flash ain’t going anywhere. The animation plugin is so successful it is virtually impossible to get rid of and Adobe is doing there best to make Flash more buggy and sluggish with each release. They know that canvas isn’t the weed killer some hope it is.
What if HTML5 was able to help define a new ecosystem. A system that bypassed all the Microsoft and Adobe obstacles and still be entirely web based and plugin free(ish). Not only that but also get users to adopt it, want it even. Enter Chrome OS, enter iPhone, Android, Palm Pre. All of a sudden HTML5 seems like a huge stick that’s gonna smack the desktop only software giants across the head. HTML5 is no joke. And everybody get a grip it’s not video, it’s canvas that’s the important feature. It will give us the means to render and animate vectors without plugins, it will give us that richer desktop feel.
So what are Adobe and Microsoft doing about it? Well Microsoft is pushing ahead with Azure and having Silverlight shining it’s goodness upon it to make it sparkle. Problem is that they seem, once again, to be moving toward a proprietary implementation. The ‘Microsoft only’ approach is long past its sell by date. HTML5 is what should drive Azure and such a combo may actually make all the freetards think twice. It could save Microsoft from it’s current downward turn. Have the desktop and the cloud too. Okay, okay, it was just a thought.
Adobe? Well they’ve just sent some folks on unpaid leave to save costs. Well then, that’s that problem licked. … They’re banking on that Flash will be as ubiquitous on these new platforms as it is on the ‘desktop’ web. I sure hope they can get their act together and roll out a full version of Flash that will run on smartphones and netbooks. Efficiency is the key. Apple is not keeping Flash off the iPhone because of Quicktime or any such nonsense, it’s because Flash on anything other than a windows desktop will kill battery life by maxing out the CPU and memory. They could very possibly have the t-shirt “All your cycles belong to us!” … With “FAIL” written on the back.
A lot of the talk on the upcoming Chrome OS taking on Microsoft is sad and ill informed. There is no reason that Office Live won’t work on Chrome OS. There is no reason that Azure couldn’t do the same as Chrome OS. What will break Microsoft is if they don’t adopt HTML5 to compete. Google maybe taking on Microsoft, but in this case it’s only in a field they neither have yet ventured. And it’s still anybodies race.