Jan 23

Do We Really Need HTML5 – Or We Are Just Instigated by Others

Last December, W3C claimed that the draft on HTML5 and Canvas 2D had been finalized, which is deemed to be a strong driving force for both HTML5 itself and those who are interested in it. Last year, Internet was overwhelmed with a lot of debates about whether HTML5 will replace Flash and become a new application development standard, and though Flash is still the mainstream, people increasingly believe that it is just a matter of time when this replacement happens. Is the demand of HTML5 a real deal, especially to developers and Internet users? Rather than making immediate conclusion, let us briefly compare the two products.

Flash

Since Macromedia released its first version in 1996, Flash has dominated Internet multimedia industry for over 15 years, and attracted a large number of web designers. Currently, about 97% browsers are equipped with Flash Player plug-in. But for Flash, we would not appreciate so many beautiful and interesting websites. As a mature development platform, Flash is propped up by many powerful programming tools, such as Adobe Flash CS Professional, which lowers the threshold of developing it.

Along with the proliferation of smart phones and tablets, surfing Internet with these portable devices became an inevitable trend. Unfortunately Flash does not perform well on them, because it overwhelms system resources and is too energy-consuming.

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Mar 24

Internet Explorer 9 Reaches 2.3 Million Downloads In 24 Hours

Microsoft announced today their latest version of Internet Explorer reached 2.3 million downloads in 24 hours. Will IE9 be the catalyst to allow Microsoft to gain some ground back in market share?

The past few years, IE has steadily lost ground to the likes of Mozilla’s Firefox and Google Chrome. In 2007, IE controlled 80% of the market. The latest reports have them sitting at 57%.

Simplistic interfaces, faster load times, better security, have all been reasons behind IE losing ground. It appears Microsoft has remedied many of these problems, and reviews have pointed out these improvements.

PCMagazine gave IE9 a 4/5 rating, saying this of the browser, “Microsoft’s new browser is faster, trimmer, more compliant with HTML5—a major improvement over its predecessor. It also brings some unique capabilities like tab-pinning and hardware acceleration, but only Windows 7 and Vista users need apply.

Unfortunately I’m unable to provide my own thoughts as I’m on a Mac computer at this time. If you have a Windows computer and use XP, you’ll be left out in the cold as well. Continue reading