Interesting, this is probably why I don’t try to do news reporting anymore. I was briefed a few days ago on the Adobe/Google news, but already it’s being discussed on hundreds of blogs. There is no longer much value in being first. So off I go today to hang out at HP’s Labs to get you some intimate looks into one of the world’s biggest companies. But I digress.
Don’t miss this news. It’s significant because Google’s search engine can decide the marketplace winner between Adobe’s Flash and Microsoft’s Silverlight. You think Google (or Yahoo, for that matter) is going to be very motivated to index Silverlight content? Rrrriiiiigggghhhhttttt.
Also notice which search engine isn’t playing the Adobe game: Microsoft’s.
Silverlight might be better technology, but if it doesn’t get indexed by the two biggest search engines it’s game over.
Now you might get some insight into why Microsoft wanted to pay $46 billion to buy Yahoo. Like Ballmer said “Developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers!”