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SlideShare Ditches Flash

The hits just keep on coming:

SlideShare, the website for sharing PowerPoint presentations and other documents, has had a major makeover. The company has ditched Adobe Flash technology entirely, and rebuilt its website using the HTML5 markup language, SlideShare co-founder and CTO Jon Boutelle will announce at GigaOM’s Mobilize conference Tuesday.

This means that SlideShare is now viewable on every kind of mobile device, from iPads to iPhones to Android devices and beyond. Another perk is that the website is now 30 percent faster and its files take up 40 percent less space than they used to. Search engines can now read the content within SlideShare slides, meaning that presentations hosted there should start to get much higher page rankings on sites like Google. Text within documents can now be copied and pasted, as well.

Another Flash casualty lost to HTML5 and the prevalence of Apple’s  iOS. And platform technology notwithstanding, look at that list of downstream benefits: slide content now exposed to search spiders, full mobile device support without clumsy plugins, smaller files, slide text copy/paste.

Flash is being marginalized daily.

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