It's a shame that Steve Jobs just barely missed his latest victory. He would have been beamingly proud of Adobe's
Jobs had written an open letter, which is still available on Apple's website, on why Apple felt so strongly. He outlined six primary reasons for his hatred of the platform, including its proprietary nature and its lack of reliability, security, and performance. Jobs added that Apple knows firsthand that Flash was the No. 1 reason that Macs crash. Its power inefficiency adversely affects battery life for mobile devices, and it was never meant for touch interface.
He concluded with what he considered the most important reason: developers. Flash was another third-party layer of software between developers and users, one that's flawed and that they should not have to depend on to distribute content.
Jobs' points were soon validated after Microsoft
Well, the war on mobile Flash is over, and Flash lost. Adobe is ceasing development on mobile devices as well as televisions. In its place, Adobe is now strongly supporting the standard that Apple, Microsoft, and Google have long been advocating for: HTML5. Adobe now concedes that HTML5 is the "best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms," as it is "universally supported on major mobile devices."
Oddly, Research In Motion
Well done, Steve. Even though you've passed on to the other side, you're still shaping technology .
To stay updated on the Flash drama, add the company to our free My Watchlist service:
Fool contributor Evan Niu owns shares of Apple, but he holds no other position in any company mentioned. Check out his holdings and a short bio. The Motley Fool owns shares of Apple, Google, and Microsoft. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Adobe Systems, Microsoft, Apple, and Google, creating a diagonal call position in Adobe Systems, and creating bull call spread positions in Apple and Microsoft. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.