Since we introduced our HTML5 Virtual Environment Platform V7, we’ve been inundated about questions concerning the difference between Flash and HTML5 from our clients and partners running online events and virtual tradeshows.
Comparing the two is like comparing apples and oranges. The HTML5 specification has been around for a few years, and has recently picked up steam since Google, Microsoft and Apple announced the blocking of Adobe Flash in their newest browsers by the end of the year.
For the past decade installing a browser plug-in such as Flash was the only way to let rich audio and video content run on the web. However, the latest evolution of the standard that defines HTML (HTML5) natively supports on-demand and live video streaming sources (no need for a plug-in like flash).
HTML5 is derived from the open source sector of HTML, and one of its biggest advantages is in the mobile space. Most mobile manufacturers see HTML5 as the future, because HTML5 video content is far more efficient on battery life in contrast to Flash. According to recent research Flash video resulted in a 17% rise in current power draw, and a corresponding reduction in battery life in laptops, and a 12% rise on tablets.
The other benefit for mobile virtual event attendees is that since Flash is not supported on browsers, the attendees are forced to download an app from the app store in order to join a webcast. HTML5, on the other hand, allows mobile attendees to instantly join webcasts natively from their mobile browser (no plug-ins or downloads).
The other challenge with Flash technology is the number of different Flash versions that are available on the desktop. Trying to find support for an older version of Flash, while at the same time trying to advance the technology is also one of the reasons HTML5 is being prioritized by desktop browsers.
Opera browser used by some attendees on mobile phones is not supported by HTML5. Additionally, older users of Internet Explorer will have trouble-viewing HTML5 content on any version before IE9.
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