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April 30, 2010 14:53:29.000

Engadget notes that Microsoft is echoing Apple's lines about the future of video on the net. Cast your mind back a decde and ask yourself whether things would have progressed from Apple to Microsoft that way:

Where Steve Jobs leads, Microsoft follows -- how's that for shaking up the hornet's nest? It's said in jest, of course, but we've just come across a post from the General Manager for Internet Explorer, Dean Hachamovitch, and the perspective expressed by him on the subject of web content delivery broadly agrees with the essay penned by Jobs yesterday on the very same subject. Echoing the Apple CEO's words, Hachamovitch describes HTML5 as "the future of the web," praising it for allowing content to be played without the need for plug-ins and with native hardware acceleration (in both Windows 7 and Mac OS X).

No, Microsoft isn't banning Flash from IE - but further down Hachamovitch did single it out as a security and reliability problem that needed attention. It's been a bad week for Adobe.

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