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Flash, Silverlight and H.264 - MasterMaq.ca Blog
Adobe launched a new version of Flash on Monday. The update is codenamed "Moviestar" because it adds support for H.264, a video compression codec. The release is significant because it allows Flash to play really high quality video. Adobe expects the final version to be ready this fall. I think it's clear that Adobe added H.264 support to Flash as a way to compete with Microsoft's Silverlight and VC-1. SmugMug's Don MacAskill thinks the announcement gives Adobe the edge: Silverlight 1.0 is focused almost entirely on video, including HD, and clearly gunning for Flash. So why wouldn't they go right for Flash's big Achilles heel - no H.264 support? Oh well - that opportunity is now lost, and I believe this basically nails Silverlight 1.0's coffin shut. Don goes on to say that he had high hopes for strong competition among Rich Internet Application frameworks. I really value Don's opinion, and I think he's a really smart guy, but I think his comment is somewhat