Opening the Flash format: quick thoughts

Adobe just announced they are to open source the Flash format and lifting licenses fees.

This is really big news for the web… a few thoughts on that:

  • Will the search engines now be able to access Flash content more easily, and include it in their index?
  • Will Gnash develop more quickly now, or will Adobe GPL its runtime making Gnash irrelevant?
  • Against the Flash+AIR juggernaut, does Silverlight still have appeal for the developers?
  • How long before Flash on the iPhone now? ;-)

Exciting times…