Steve Jobs has posted his thoughts on Adobe Flash explaining why the iPad, iPhone, and iPod do not support Flash Web content. His reasons include that Flash is proprietary and doesn’t utilize open standards. Flash was created for Windows and a Mouse, not Apple and touch screens, using Flash greatly reduces battery life, and Flash is unreliable and suffers from security vulnerabilities. Somewhat surprisingly, Microsoft’s General Manager for Internet Explorer echoed many of these concerns proclaiming that HTML5, not Flash, is the future of the Web. Adobe has struck back at Apple saying that the company’s stand against Flash is strictly business and all criticisms are untrue.
- Steve Jobs – Thoughts on Flash [Apple News]
- Microsoft weighs in: ‘the future of the web is HTML5’ [Engadget]
- Microsoft echoes Apple view on Adobe’s Flash [Reuters]
- Steve Jobs Says ‘Closed’ Adobe Flash Is a Threat [NewsFactor]
- Adobe Strikes Back at Flash Bashers [Ecommerce Times]
- Pot, meet kettle: a response to Steve Jobs’ letter on Flash [Ars Technica]