The handwriting is on the wall. Adobe’s Mobile Flash is being killed off. Charles Arthur in The Guardian:
The plugin that launched a thousand online forum arguments and a technology standoff between Apple and the format’s creator, Adobe, will no longer be developed for mobile browsers…
Oh, my! How tragic. Whatever will we do for advertisements and streaming video?
Instead the company will focus on development around HTML5 technologies, which enable modern browsers to do essentially the same functions as Flash did but without relying on Adobe’s proprietary technologies, and which can be implemented across platforms.
From Steve Jobs and his famous Thoughts on Flash:
Symantec recently highlighted Flash for having one of the worst security records in 2009. We also know first hand that Flash is the number one reason Macs crash. We have been working with Adobe to fix these problems, but they have persisted for several years now. We don’t want to reduce the reliability and security of our iPhones, iPods and iPads by adding Flash.
Surely, Steve Jobs is smiling now. Oh, one more thing (from Reuters):
Adobe Systems plans to lay off more than 7 percent of its workforce and take a charge of up to $94 million as part of a restructuring to focus on core businesses such as digital media and marketing.
The news, announced just months after the world’s largest maker of design software had projected better-than-expected fourth-quarter revenue, surprised Wall Street and wiped 9.2 percent off its shares.
The times are, indeed, changing.