More on the war to control the web

One of the biggest wars going on in the tech world is about who will control the platform for web development.

The main players:

  • Microsoft (via Silverlight)
  • Adobe (via Flash)
  • Google (via HTML5)

Adobe’s Flash platform is by far the most common platform for RIAs, even in the enterprise. Here are some numbers (published by adobe)

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Source: http://www.adobe.com/products/player_census/flashplayer/enterprise_penetration.html

HTML5 is being touted as the next big thing, and with Google backing it, it may be.

However this tweet by Scobleizer caught my attention:

Reading the latest drama about HTML5 it seems like Silverlight has a chance to make major inroads this year: http://bit.ly/8qcoNn. Sigh.

As someone who is affected by the outcome of this war, my advice is to build service oriented architectures where you don’t tie yourself to one of these technologies.

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More on the war to control the web

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