Flash is a hot word these days and we’ve known for a while that Adobe was working on bringing it to Windows Phone. At the same time, the entire core of WP7 is based on Silverlight yet even Silverlight doesn’t work within the web browser on Windows Phone. Why? The answer lies within the browser itself and security.

Andy Lees of Microsoft told TechRadar, “there is no ActiveX plug-in extensibility because of the security model; we’re not going to do that. And with no ActiveX plug-in model, how would we do Flash?…Browsers are going to a different extensibility model.” The question comes down to how the system is set up and if Flash is isolated or not. This all ties into battery life, performance and isolating plugins if there’s a crash so it doesn’t tie up the entire system.

We knew Microsoft is working on this, but at least now we understand what they’re working on. This is the way Windows Phone is progressing – get it right or don’t release it. That’s why there’s no copy and paste, no multitasking,etc. They are not releasing beta software. They’d rather take a few extra months and have something that works on day one and is ready for the future. And I’m ok with this. You?

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  1. I completely agree. MS has announced a Software-Update for early 2011 with Copy&Paste. I suspect Flash and Silverlight to be ready for the same update…

  2. MS never seems to learn from previous mistakes. It’s always update after update. Why do they have to continually ship a substandard product just to get it out to meet a deadline? People are expecting the polished version now.

  3. @Jason: Ohh so Apple release their iphone with everything in it right? copy/paste multi tasking and flash support? You know people makes me sick with their bias talk against ms, even when they do their best to get a fast running system you guys still complain, never satisfied. Stop the crap talking and give them a chance, why don’t you go and build your own os and come out perfect at day one.

  4. I agree, enough of the MS bashing…!!!! It’s really getting terribly old. I have my wallet open and ready to make my purchase on November 8th. God I wish it was tomorrow…!!! :-)

  5. @Jason: if you take a look at the first Iphone you will not see cut and paste, video, sms, and a long list of other things left out of the OS.

  6. Why people always compare it iPhone 1.o? Hello? iPhone 1.0 was 5 years ago, and what M$ released they called innovation in the mobile software technology, welcome back 5 years ago, and enjoy your perty devices that will always play a catchup game with the established market, and will never be a leader with that mentality in place.

  7. Sure WP7 will play catchup…just like Android did for one year. The new WP7 phone is a HUGE innovative step forward. I dont miss the copy and paste, because I havent needed it…the most common stuff is more integrated. You should actually try to use the device before you knock it. Even if you are an Apple lover, you should praise this phone as excellent competition. Competition is good for consumers. Worst case scenario Apple will play catch up or at least remove all the F.U.s related to their device and developer support.

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