Simon Stiphanos – Why HTML is the future.

by Simon S

Intel announced in a press release that it is abandoning the linux-based mobile platform that it has been developing jointly with Nokia for the last 5 years. The reason they state is  because “the future belongs to HTML5-based applications, outside of a relatively small percentage of apps, and we are firmly convinced that our investment needs to shift toward HTML5.”

Together with Samsung, a company that competes directly with Intel in its main business of selling semi-conductors, Intel will help develop another mobile operating system that is highly focused around HTML5 technologies for applications.

When asked by one of its own directors why the existing platform isn’t simply extended to support HTML5, Intel replied, “shifting to HTML5 doesn’t just mean slapping a Web runtime on an existing Linux, even one aimed at mobile, as MeeGo has been.”

My take:

I believe this announcement is a very big deal regarding our class. It shows just how enthusiastically the industry feels about the emerging HTML5 standard. Major corporations at all levels have shown incredible support for the yet-to-be-release standard, no one more than the long time HTML standard-abuser Microsoft.

Even more so, these huge corporations are making it obvious that they see developer attention shifting from a highly fractured language-base to something much more coherent, and will be unforgiving to platforms that poorly implement it.