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LoD Viewpoints October 2005

Merger Mania
Saba's agreement to purchase Centra, Blackboard's agreement to purchase WebCT, and Huveaux's recent purchase of U.K. content leader Epic are yet more examples of the increasing consolidation changing the shape of the eLearning marketplace. But Oracle's plan to acquire Siebel Systems is also a reminder of the impact that larger players can have on an industry if and when they choose to move.

Recent Developments: All Flash and No Sparkle
Researchers create some of the best eLearning content on the market today using Macromedia's Flash. But around the time of the release of Flash 8, Microsoft announced a new development tool that some commentators are calling a "Flash Killer." Will Microsoft's Sparkle replace Flash as the multimedia tool of choice for eLearning designers?