Silverlight, Flash, Java give way to HTML5
Last week, president of the Server and Tools Division (STB) at Microsoft, carelessly told that the company is now focused on implementation of HTML5 as the primary web-development technology and Silverlight is now positioned as just one of development tools for Windows Phone 7. And although next day he hurried to reassure Silverlight-developers and wrote in his blog that Silverlight is still important for Microsoft - the summary is, that Silverlight is dead.
Earlier another HTML5 "fan", Adobe, showed its love towards this web-technology. During the MAX conference Adobe talked more about HTML5 than about Flash. Adobe developers have shown the application for creating HTML5 animation, Flash-to-HTML5 converter and widget that allows to watch flash-video via HTML5, if flash-player is not installed. "I wouldn’t say we’re so delighted with HTML5, but we love the freedom of choice" - said Adobe's CTO, Kevin Lynch.
Google, that unlike Microsoft and Adobe, always used to show its love for HTML5, continues to implement this technology in practice. The new Web-version of GMail for iPhone is hardly different from the native app. As you know Google is now experiencing Oracle's patent trolling for use of Java on Android. Therefore, it is likely, Google will encourage developers to create not Java, but HTML5 mobile applications.