Mobile Opportunity: Lessons From the Failure of Flash: Greed Kills

A bit of background reading about the Flash on mobile situation. I’ve never really found much use for it on my devices, it’s just handy to have if you ever happen to visit a Flash-heavy website. I’d much rather a mobile-optimised version though.

“What Adobe should do is start contributing aggressively to HTML 5, to upgrade it into the full web platform that AIR was originally supposed to be. That’s a role no one in the industry has taken ownership of, web developers are crying out for it, and Adobe implies that’s what it will do. But I’ve heard these broad statements from Adobe before, and usually the implementation has fallen far short of the promises. At this point, I doubt Adobe has the vision and agility to pull it off. Most likely it will retreat to what it has always been at the core: a maker of software tools for artistically-inclined creative people. It’s a nice stable niche, but it’s nothing like the dominant leadership role that Adobe once aspired to.”

You can also read Mike Chamber’s (Senior PM at Adobe) deflectionary thoughts here:

http://www.mikechambers.com/blog/2011/11/11/clarifications-on-flash-player-for-mobile-browsers-the-flash-platform-and-the-future-of-flash/

Mobile Opportunity: Lessons From the Failure of Flash: Greed Kills

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