Most online meetings today require a larger viewing area than what a cell phone or smaller tablet can offer. The HTML5 codec is being hard coded into all of the popular browsers, eliminating the need for a client download. Here is a recent snippet from the ReadWriteWeb blog. Dan Rowinski writes, “Every company that makes a browser has been hard at work to support HTML5 capabilities. That includes Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox as well as smaller browser makers like Dolphin and Opera. Facebook has become a big supporter of HTML5 and introduced a testing suite/browser scorekeeper called Ringmark to test browser capabilities earlier this year.”
According to a Forrester Research report, “Mobilize Your Collaboration Strategy,” 82 million U.S. consumers are expected to have tablets and 159 million to have smart phones by 2015, “with one third or approximately 27 million and 53 million using those tablets and smart phones, respectively for work.” With iPad leading the way among tablets, it’s reasonable to assume that HTML5 will also gain market share with its uniformity and advantage of not being a power hog like Flash.
It is important to remember, HTML5 is a platform in its early stages. The ReadWriteWeb post mentioned above refers to a Gartner report predicting that “next-gen web technologies like HTML5 are still five to 10 years from becoming a suitable basis for businesses.” An online event attendee today is going to have a difficult time consuming any readable content like PowerPoint via their smart phone. It’s up to today’s developers to create and run faster and more reliable HTML5 friendly browsers than their competitors. The faster these browsers advance, the faster the platform will evolve. HTML5 capabilities are available for developers now, so grab your popcorn and watch it take off. It should be an interesting ride! More questions or you just like chatting about these things? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org