Ok so proprietary isn’t working out too well. Adobe released a statement to ZDNet that they are ceasing Flash for mobiles.
Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates.
Flash is nice because it gives you the full desktop experience wherever you are but it’s also laggy, crashes and drains batteries. Yeah so what about Silverlight? RIP Silverlight. ZDNet again:
Several of my customer and partner contacts have told me they have heard from their own Microsoft sources over the past couple of weeks that Silverlight 5 is the last version of Silverlight that Microsoft will release. They said they are unsure whether there will be any service packs for it, and they are also not clear on how long Silverlight 5 will be supported by Microsoft.
So HTML5 is going to be the ubiquitous plasma to the blood that runs all operating systems. Well at least we can stop talking about how good/bad Flash is and move back to software companies providing the best tools and optimizing users experiences. And yes, this is mobile Flash but as the mobile world continues to pick up steam it’s hard to imagine that developers continue to embrace it as it’s a shrinking audience so this marks the beginning of the end of Flash.
This also aligns with Microsoft’s movements in Windows 8 where Flash will not work in the Metro/tablet Internet Explorer to optimize battery life and performance…
Anyway, your thoughts?