<embed> was introduced by Netscape if I'm correct. Like Mark said, it's deprecated. The best method is AE's code. However, as in the article i'm about to post, it mentions that IE will wait to load the entire flash movie before playing it, which can be a bit annoying if you have a big flash movie. So there's an easy work around that just requires you to have a container flash movie load the actual movie. That way, IE loads the container which is very small and the container flash is set to stream the actual movie. There is also the problem of not prompting for a Flash update since you leave out the codebase attribute. Def. not a big deal, but there's also a little tip on what to do for that also in the article. Hope it helps.