The Adobe Flash Player Death Toll?

Mashable just released a powerful article on the latest news from Adobe regarding their infamous Flash player.

“The decision to stop development of the Flash Player plugin for mobile browsers was part of a larger strategic shift at Adobe,” writes Chambers. “One which includes a greater shift in focus toward HTML5, as well as the Adobe Creative Cloud and the services that it provides.”

But what does this mean?

While nobody truly knows what will happen to Flash as a result of this, I am reminded of the day that Wal-Mart announced that they would stop offering HD DVDs. Without a doubt, that played a major roll in solidifying Blu-Ray as the high definition solution for consumers.

As Parr at Mashable outlines, it is clear that Apple’s firm resistance to adopt Flash on their mobile devices has had a big impact on Adobe’s decision. You can read more about why Apple always resisted Flash in Steve Job’s message that was posted on Apple’s site in April of 2010.

At Resonate, we have always resisted Flash on any of our sites even prior to the mass-adoption of HTML5 (which still isn’t “done,” btw). While there are many development arguments either way, we echo many of the statements made by Steve Jobs (minus the app development side of it since we aren’t . . . well, Apple). There are simply better ways to build great websites.

“While Flash will be around for many years to come, it’s clear that even Adobe thinks HTML5 is the future. Flash’s days are numbered.” – Ben Parr, Mashable

What do you think?

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  • Chris Boyd

    Yeah. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall in their conference room when they made the decision to yank the mobile version of Flash. ;)

  • Chris Boyd

    Absolutely! And Adobe is finding ways to adapt. But it seems as though they are making peace with the adoption rate issues and the move toward HTML5. We'll see!