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Top 5 Anticipations about Microsoft Surface Pro

When it is released in summer 2013, Surface RT bore lofty expectations to be an iPad killer. However, the killer now turns out to be a joker after it was lagged far behind by iPad tablets in sales volume. The same story goes to Windows 8 who sees an increase in market share that is far less than one has expected. Therefore, all the pressure is now on the shoulder of Microsoft Surface Pro. Surface Pro not only needs to send Microsoft the power to challenge Apple in tablet market but also helps Windows 8 rob more shares in operating system field.

Surface Pro

Therefore, with praises, doubts and anticipations, Microsoft Surface Pro was finally released to the market a few hours ago. Supporters are cheering and doubters are taking wait-and-see approaches. In fact, there are only two choices left for Surface Pro, to be a killer of Windows 8 or to be a savor. Generally speaking, the fate of Surface Pro mainly keens on its abilities to fulfill customers’ anticipations. Therefore, this post has collected top 5 anticipations about Microsoft Surface Pro.

Surface Pro Anticipation 1: Good compatibility

Surface Pro Anticipation: Compatibility

An important reason that prevents Surface RT from being a market hit is its awful compatibility. Surface RT adds no support to all the programs that can run on previous Windows systems. It means users can only enjoy those newly designed apps on Surface RT.  Moreover, lacking a platform for third-party apps like iTunes, Surface RT can only make use of limited apps. To make it worse, some of those apps are even poorly designed. However, it is said that as an Intel core driven tablet, Surface Pro can be compatible to almost all Windows programs. Therefore, it can be generally viewed as a Windows laptop that is much easier to take with. Moreover, the battery that can last for five to six hours is much better than the battery of most laptops.

Surface Pro Anticipation 2: Fully baked Windows 8

Surface Pro Anticipation: System

Windows RT devices and Windows 8 mobiles are not quite popular in the market because they are only equipped with disabled Windows 8 systems. When users think they can manage certain tasks with Surface RT, they become quite angry to find out that they can’t. For example, IE 10 shall be able to support Adobe Flash. However, users are only allowed to play Flash contents on Surface RT from those trusted sites. To make it worse, Windows 8 users can not even watch online Flash with Metro IE 10. However, theoretically speaking, the fully baked Windows 8 will help Surface Pro users to get rid of those troubles because users can download Adobe Flash Player as plugin for IE 10.

Surface Pro Anticipation 3: More retail stores

Surface Pro Anticipation: Store

Another reason that leads to the failure of Surface RT is its wrong market strategy. Microsoft is only willing to cooperate with big retail stores like Best Buy and Amazon to promote Surface RT. As a consequence, in many areas, even though lovers want to buy the tablet, they can’t find appropriate ways. Moreover, the limitation in the number of authorized retail stores has killed the possibilities of innovative marketing strategies. According to recent rumors that Microsoft is planning to grant more retail stores the right to sell Surface Pro. This not only promotes sales volume of Surface Pro but also gives consumers more choices.

Surface Pro Anticipation 4: Colorful touch cover

Surface Pro Anticipation: Touch cover

A most innovative point of Surface Pro lies in its touch cover which can be used as either protective case or physical keyboard. Therefore, once the touch cover can be more attractive, there is a bigger chance for Surface Pro to sell itself. It is said that Surface Pro will be equipped with colorful touch cover where consumers can trace fashionable elements. Once it is true, it really makes the Microsoft tablet much more attractive. Moreover, Microsoft is also working on to make the touch cover more comfortable for consumers to operate.

Surface Pro Anticipation 5: High security

Surface Pro Anticipation: Security

The latest scandals have made the poor situations of Windows RT even worse. Days after some hackers cracks down Windows RT, Microsoft still fails to provide a good solution. Then recent news came that a bug has appeared in Windows RT system that can be only solved by restart the device repeatedly. Therefore, the system security of Surface Pro turns out to be an anticipated topic. However, it seems that high security will become the anticipation for Surface Pro that is not hard to fulfill. According to some test, even without anti-virus software, Windows 8 Pro still does best in system security.

Windows RT: More Domains Will Come to Flash Whitelist

This is the best time for Adobe Flash Player who continues to be an irreplaceable program in traditional PC. This is the worst time for Adobe Flash Player who has lost support of Android and iOS devices for being a vulnerable and power consuming application in mobile market. However, contrary to most people’s predictions, Windows 8 devices are not going to follow suit. In fact, giving the fact that Microsoft is trying to add more domain names to Flash whitelist in Windows RT, Windows 8 devices will be provided with better Flash support in the future.

Flash Whitelist

What is on earth the Flash whitelist? It is true that Windows 8 has used Adobe Flash Player as a built-in plugin. However, as the versions of IE 10 vary, supports to Flash contents on Windows 8 differ. If users are using desktop IE 10 on Windows 8 Pro, they can enjoy Flash on Windows 8 devices without limitations. If they are running IE 10 on Windows RT or Metro, they are only allowed to visit Flash contents on limited websites. The list that includes those trusted websites are named Flash whitelist.

The reason for the birth of Flash whitelist can be easily seen. Since Adobe Flash Player is not an evil program, it is those poorly-secured Flash programs that bring bad reputations to Adobe Flash Player. Therefore, the solution to turn vulnerable Adobe Flash Player to become a safe application is to blacklist those hostile Flash contents. This is exactly the task Windows RT and Metro tries to manage with the Flash whitelist. Generally speaking, the most influential Flash based websites like YouTube will be added to the Flash whitelist in the first place and then other domains who have pasted the tests of Microsoft. So far, over 1000 domains are included in the Flash whitelist of Windows RT and Microsoft is working on to get more reliable Flash websites for users.

Just as every coin gets two sides, Flash whitelist makes Windows RT a securer system but brings troubles to users. Obviously, the existing domains in Flash whitelist is far from enough when compared with thousands of existing Flash based websites. Therefore, problems like playing Flash content on Surface RT turns out to be a headache of most Windows RT users when they are visiting websites that are out of the Flash whitelist.  Currently speaking, converting Flash content to Surface RT video seems to be the best idea. However, when the not fully bakes Windows RT becomes mature, those Flash websites get big chances to be included in the Flash whitelist if they are not hostile content based or poorly designed.

Top 5 Must-knows about Adobe Flash Player 11.5

As the finalized date of HTML5 stopped in 2014, the world seems to be quite confident towards the feature of HTML5. However, as the loser in the battle of Adobe Flash vs HTML5, Adobe Flash Player will still be the dominator in the market for a certain time. As a tool with good compatibility, Adobe Flash Player is designed as a cross-platform application accessible to 99% web browsers. Based on its importance, Adobe continuously updates the software even after deciding to focus more attention on the development of HTML5.

To help users get better experience on watching online videos or playing online games, Adobe had released Adobe Flash Player 11.5, the latest version of this product. Comparing to its predecessors, Adobe Flash Player 11.5 not only fixed those existing bugs, but also gained several new features. Therefore, for those who are curious of Adobe Flash Player 11.5, this post will show them top 5 must-knows about Adobe Flash Player 11.5.

1. Must-known about Flash Player 11.5: File Size

Flash Player 11.5

One will definitely be surprised by the file size of Adobe Flash Player. According to the tradition, the newly updated Adobe Flash Player would be a file no more than 10 Megabytes. However, the file size of Flash Player 11.5 jumps to about 16 Megabytes. Then what has been added to the new Flash Player? It seems to be codes, a vast sea of codes. Therefore, Adobe Flash Player 11.5 will definitely good in stability and powerful in function.

2. Must-known about Flash Player 11.5: Desktop App

Desktop version of Flash Player 11.5

In this update, Adobe points that Adobe Flash Player 11.5 is exclusively designed as a desktop application. It seems that after the quitting of Adobe Flash Player from Google Play, Adobe Flash Play has given up the mobile market. Moreover, it also means that Android mobile users, even those who has devices running systems from Android 2.3 to Android 4.0 will not able to make full use of the latest Adobe Flash Player.  

3. Must-known about Flash Player 11.5: Adobe AIR

Flash Player and Flash AIR

Along with Adobe Flash Player, Adobe also released Adobe AIR 3.5. After BBC had decided to replace Adobe Flash with Adobe AIR in iPlayer, Adobe AIR seems to be the new attempt given by Adobe to gain mobile market. Unlike Adobe Flash Player 11.5, Adobe Air 3.5 not only provides desktop version and Android version but also AIR SDK.

4. Must-known about Flash Player 11.5: Windows 8 Excluded

Flash Player and Win8

While Windows 8 seems to be an operating system with high competitiveness, it is quite surprising that Adobe Flash Player 11.5 has excluded Windows 8 into its supporting list. According to the release note unveiled by Adobe, Adobe Flash Player 11.5 is designed to be compatible to Windows systems like XP/Vista/7 only. However, there are also ways to help Adobe Flash Player 11.5 accessible to Windows 8. For example, users can download Flash Player 11.5 as a plug in for IE 10, the web browser of Windows 8.

5. Must-known about Flash Player 11.5: Cross-platform Support

Flash Player and Mac

One shall notice that Adobe Flash Player 11.5 is an application with supports to multiple platforms. There are not only designed for Windows systems but also for Mac systems. Reluctant as Apple is, it must admit that Adobe Flash Player is a necessity for Mac systems. Generally speaking, there are two forms of Adobe Flash Player 11.5, active-x version and plug in version. For Windows systems lower than Windows 8, active-x version is preferred while for Windows 8 and Mac systems, only the plug in version works.

Adobe Flash vs HTML5 – For 4 Reasons HTML5 Are Favored

Since HTML5 attracted the world’s attention in 2010, the debate on the topic of Adobe Flash vs HTML5 has never ceased. Moreover, it seems that the battle of Adobe Flash vs HTML5 is unlikely to end in a short term. For one thing, Adobe Flash is still widely used as a necessity for online video watching and online gaming; for another, as an app exclusively designed to replace Adobe Flash, HTML5 is far less influential than one has expected. However, it is almost a certain thing that HTML5 will be the winner in this contest after Adobe Flash lost its last chance in Windows 8.

Why will an old application compatible to 99% web browsers like Adobe Flash lose to a new alternative only compatible to 40% web browsers like HTML5? Besides the defects of Adobe Flash, the advantages of HTML5 over Adobe Flash plays an important role in helping HTML5 to win the battle of Adobe Flash vs HTML5. After the popularization of HTML5, converting Adobe Flash to HTML5 will be a favored choice for all. Therefore, this post will show top four reasons that HTML5 is more favored.

1. Adobe Flash vs HTML5: Stability

Flash is not stable

One of the most severely criticized defects of Adobe Flash lies in its instability. Usually once Flash Player crashes, the whole web page or even the web browser ceases to work. It is annoying to be forced to restart the web browser while viewing some pages. However, due to the instability of Adobe Flash, users have to repeat the restarting process again and again. Though there are various ways to stop shockwave Flash from crashing, few can actually work.

To this extent, HTML5 is much more stable than Adobe Flash. As a markup language, HTML5 can work flawlessly with those supported web browsers. Even when something goes wrong with HTML5, it is the page instead of the web browser that crashes. Therefore, users just need to refresh the windows only. So who will want to use an application that will ruin the web browser when he has better choice?

2. Adobe Flash vs HTML5: Security

Flash is not secure

Security concern is a main reason that leads to the fall of Adobe Flash. In 2012 alone, there are 9 updates exclusively designed to fix those security vulnerabilities caused by Adobe Flash. Due to its compatibility, Adobe Flash not only brings system vulnerabilities to Mac systems but also to Windows systems like Windows 8. In this field, HTML5 does quite better. By using special HTML codes, HTML5 enables users to watch online videos without any applications installed, which significantly lower the risk of being attacked by hackers. Actually, better security is an important factor that HTML5 can win the battle of Adobe Flash vs HTML5.

3. Adobe Flash vs HTML5: Openness

The openness of HTLM5

Adobe Flash is a product exclusively owned and controlled by Adobe, making it inaccessible to most people. Moreover, as a blocked application, Adobe Flash may bring some unnecessary troubles to users. To make YouTube video play in Adobe Flash Player, those uploaded files will be embedded into a player to become a SWF file. Therefore when one wants to download YouTube video, he needs to find the real URL address of video and download it as a FLV file instead of a SWF file. Of course, in most cases, this can only be done with a professional YouTube Downloader.

However, things will not be that complicated with HTML5. As a language opening to all, users can not only know the HTML codes of the page but also find out the download URL address of the original video easily. No extra applications are required to help users manage YouTube downloading process.

4. Adobe Flash vs HTML5: Future

The popularity of HTLM5

Though Adobe Flash still plays an important role in the web arena, it is HTML5 who owns the future. In recent year, Adobe Flash has been excluded in the supporting list of more and more portable devices which makes room for the development of HTML5. In 2012 alone, Adobe Flash is rejected by The new iPad, Jelly Bean devices and iPhone 5. Moreover, a rejection from Windows 8 seems to be on the way. More importantly, Adobe even switched its attention from Adobe Flash to HTML5, marking the defeat of Adobe Flash in the contest against HTML5.

Contrary to Adobe Flash, HTML5 is getting more and more popular. YouTube is trying to replace Adobe Flash with HTML5; Apple bets on a future ruled by HTML5 and Adobe even debut Edge tools to promote the popularization of HTML5. Therefore, why use an outdated application instead of a promising application?  

Adobe Flash Lost the Last Chance to HTML5 in Windows 8 Bug Fixing

If newly-released Windows 8 tries to open a window for Adobe Flash, the application is ruining the window with security vulnerabilities. Shortly after Windows 8 made Adobe Flash a plug in for IE 10, the system surprising found itself busy fixing Windows 8 bugs caused by Adobe Flash. Meanwhile, major progress on HTML5 has been made and the finalized date of HTML5 has been unveiled. Consequently, as Adobe Flash lost its last change in Windows 8, HTML5 is establishing its dominance gradually.

Flash crashes in IE 10

As the dividing line between Adobe Flash and HTML5, the year 2012 not only witnesses the fall of Adobe Flash in digital market but also the progress HTML5 going popular. First rejected by The new iPad for being a vulnerable application, Adobe Flash then found itself rejected by Jelly Bean. Later, Google only desired to use it as a plug in for Chrome. After its quitting from Android market in August, Windows devices seemed to be the only savor for Adobe Flash. Later in September, Windows 8 changed its idea from rejecting Adobe Flash to using it as a plug in for IE 10.

In this test provided by Microsoft, Adobe Flash would maintain its influence if it had passed the test. However, as Windows 8 bug fixing moved on, Adobe Flash had lost the last change it could earn. Windows 8 intended to use Adobe Flash for the sake of users’ demand since the application still plays an important role in watching online videos or playing online games. However, after finding Adobe Flash only brought Windows 8 one security concern after another, Microsoft decided to use it as a temporary media player.

Luckily, while Adobe Flash is getting worse and worse, HTML5 is turning better and better. After Adobe Flash had lost its last change in Windows 8, it was a certain thing that HTML5 would begin a new era in Internet field. According to recent news, HTML5 will be finalized in 2014. In other words, HTML5 will be mature and powerful enough to replace Adobe Flash by 2014. Besides that, Adobe has also released Edge Tools for HTML5 development. It is the first big move executed by Adobe after it announced to switch its attentions from Adobe Flash to HTML5.

Edge Tools includes an interaction design tool, an inspection tool, a codec editor, a web design tool and a web font service, making it a favored choice to take full advantage of HTML5. Edge Tools will be provided for free in a short period and after that low-budget charge will be required for further using. Therefore, as Adobe Flash is declining, HTLML5 is stepping on its way to become an industry standard which users can make full of.