Thoughts on Flash

Steve Jobs's essay on Flash. Excerpt: "I wanted to jot down some of our thoughts on Adobe’s Flash products so that customers and critics may better understand why we do not allow Flash on iPhones, iPods and iPads. Adobe has characterized our decision as being primarily business driven – they say we want to protect our App Store – but in reality it is based on technology issues. Adobe claims that we are a closed system, and that Flash is open, but in fact the opposite is true. Let me explain."

Ngai4780d ago

What was ones big will now go down.
Jquery/java have truly taken big steps the last few years.
Still sad to see so much hate on such big, and great, platform. Not sure where it came from, but looks like some kind of jelousy or business perspective.. Everytime i read something bad about flash i feel sad inside.

snoop_dizzle4780d ago (Edited 4780d ago )

I don't necessarily want Flash to die, however if HTML5 is the next natural step then it should be embraced.

Even if most of the internet uses Flash, the percentage of the internet sites people use the most is likely far smaller. In my case, I don't really go on many flashbased sites when I'm on my phone. Theoretically, if most big companies push for HTML5 (which Google and Microsoft including some large media companies seem to be doing), they could in effect cause HTML5 to become a standard. Things like Silverlight can still be embraced (sites like Netflix), but even so, Flash wont be extinct by any means.

The irony of it all is that Adobe and Apple are quite similar in that they like total control of their products. I don't always think that's bad if the product is good though. Adobe makes some pretty great software. Expensive, but if it does the job well, it's not as big of a deal. Though of course I wouldn't mind if Adobe dropped the price on software.