Thursday, 1 May 2008

Who really has the agenda here?

Mozilla has decided to spread some FUD (Fear, uncertainty and doubt) about proprietary software (see Mozilla warns of Flash and Silverlight 'agenda' ) by stating that one day, maybe the Flash Player and the Silverlight player will have a charge attached to them. So, according to them, we should all wait for HTML 5 and use that instead. I wouldn't normally blog about this kind of thing, but if you look at Adobe's recent announcement about their Open Screen Project and plan to drop all licensing fees for the mobile version of the Flash player (see here ) then you can really start to see Mozilla's own agenda coming into play. A totally free version of Flash across all platforms? Why on earth would we need HTML 5 with its much touted ability to play videos? It's rare that politics in the tech world are this transparent!