SlideShare Goes All HTML5 To Avoid Platform Fragmentation

September 27, 2011

in Mobile, News

SlideShare is now completely in HTML5

Almost one year ago Slideshare was announcing the development of iPad and Iphone apps and just today it sort of backtracked on that decision by announcing that the whole website has been ported away from Flash and to HTML5, so that it will be usable from desktops and ANY mobile device alike (iOS, Android, BlackBerry, etc). The website is active now and all the backlog of presentations already available on SlideShare should have been automatically updated to be compatible with HTML5 by the end of the year.

For more details on SlideShare’s move to HTML5 you can read about it on GigaOm, TechCrunch and many others.

The reason? Easy, they realized that producing apps for all available platforms is a no go, especially if you have limited engineering resources (and who hasn’t?). This decision comes hand in hand with a general view in tech circles that proprietary Apps will not be the future of mobile (although it will still have a healthy life for a few more years). For a well argumented essay on why companies should/will move out of Apps and into mobile sites you can read this article by frog‘s Creative Director Scott Jenson: Mobile Apps Must Die

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