Speaking to TechRadar, Opera product analyst Phillip Grønvold conceded that Flash is essential to today's web and will be for the foreseeable future. But for internet video, he says, there are alternatives that won't make your laptop a stove top.
Everyone's been pitching in their two cents on the matter of Flash, and now Opera has offered their pragmatic perspective. Flash is deeply integrated into the web and isn't going away any time soon, says Grønvold, but eventually Adobe will have to embrace open web standards to thrive:
Today's internet content is dependant on Flash. If you remove Flash you do not have today's internet. But at Opera we say that the future of the web is open web standards and Flash is not an open web standards technology...
But flash as a video container makes very little sense for CPU, WiFi battery usage etcetera – you can cook an egg on [devices] once you start running Flash on them and there's a reason for that...
For some reason it's not part of the fabric of the web currently and Flash either needs to include itself in the future of the web and open web standards or its technology is going to be consistently under attack from all sides as the open web standard movement grows further and further.
So Opera comes down somewhere in the middle—Flash isn't perfect, but the internet's an imperfect place. Still, as Opera sees it, the fabric of the web is changing, and it's up to Adobe to change along with it. [TechRadar]