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It’s Official: Adobe Flash to Die a Slow Death

Since the dawn of the iPhone there has been a battle between Adobe and Apple over Apple’s resistance to support the Flash platform on it’s mobile devices. Well, Adobe finally announced this week that it is dropping Flash development on all mobile platforms. That means many web-based applications and services that currently make use of Flash will slowly migrate to other technologies.

From our standpoint this is good news. Flash is a good thing, don’t get us wrong, but we have been discouraging the use of Flash for clients largely on the part of its lack of presence on Apple devices such as the iPhone and iPad. We have found ways around heavy Flash usage, but often it comes at premium cost. Additionally, it would be difficult to support a content-rich website with integrated Flash usage and maintain a consistent user experience across multiple devices (smart phones, laptops, desktops and tablets).

While Flash may be on the decline, and it will be a slow decline, Adobe’s announcement will increase the use and development of technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, H.264 and other technologies. These technologies are not proprietary to Adobe and will work across a wider range of devices and can do many of the things Flash can. Not all things, but many. And likely that will only increase as more application and software developers turn to these other methods.

Flash set the pace for many years, but it now seems there are better options ready to take its place.