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Adobe Flash Is Doomed, Says Firefox VP

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To say Mozilla's Jay Sullivan has an opinion about Adobe Flash would be an understatement.

As the company's VP of products, Sullivan is as aware as anyone about Flash's toll on Firefox. Prior to the browser's implementation of crash protection last June, Flash was responsible for more crashes than any other plug-in, according to Computerworld. "God forbid Flash were to crash," Sullivan told Fast Company, describing the time before crash protection.

Today, Sullivan has adopted Apple's stance on Flash -- decidedly con. He maintains that HTML5 will be the future of multimedia content, as more developers begin migrating to the platform. Freeing both designers and users from what Sullivan calls "plug-in prison," HTML5 will run natively without the need to install an external application. And as a huge advocate of HTML5, Mozilla will make it the central focus of Firefox 4 -- which is due to launch soon.

"HTML5 is the longer-term answer," Sullivan explained to Fast Company. "We're on that path now."

As for Flash, despite its growing presence on mobile devices, the VP believes the buggy, system-hogging, security risk is on the wane. When asked if Flash is going away, Sullivan said:

"I think so in the long run. A lot of it has to do with HTML5. With Firefox 4, Internet Explorer 9, and Chrome, to the extent that we provide functionality in enough browsers, then the developers will switch over to HTML5, especially in mobile, where you can't have Flash popping up on every page just to do some little animation. The idea that you'd have to embed an entire instance of the Flash player just to play a 30 second audio clip? It's crazy."

If this makes for a faster, less-bloated Firefox, then sign me up for the War Against Flash.

(See also: Microsoft Prays for Failure and Steve Jobs on Flash: Astoundingly Hypocritical)
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