Monday, December 23, 2002

Will Microsoft buy Macromedia?

When I worked at Creative Good, Flash (and by extension, Macromedia) had a terrible name. Flash animations were only seen on websites, and they inevitably made those websites more irritating and difficult to use. Sean Martin (of IBM) pointed out to me a few months ago that Flash is actually a serious attempt to offer easy and rapid application development that extends across the client and server for novice "script" coders. I've written on this site many times about how easy to use Microsoft's old VB IDEs were, and how (with .NET) they've now isolated a lot of that community. Integrating Flash within Microsoft's product suite would be a way to offer web services to novice "script" coders.

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