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Responses to Steve Jobs rant

by Scott Bicheno on 30 April 2010, 16:15

Tags: Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE)

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Dominic Monkhouse, MD, PEER 1 Hosting

If you were Apple why would you let Adobe come to your party? iPhone has no Flash and hasn't stopped sales. So sod Adobe! Keep control of the development stack and force Adobe to stay out in the cold. Apps running fast has been why the iPhone has been a success which I am delighted to say will continue.


Sean Sullivan, security advisor, F-Secure Labs

Steve Jobs makes a strong technological argument in his "Thoughts on Flash" letter. Flash was not originally designed with touch-based mobile platforms in mind. We can understand why Apple has made this business decision.
The letter itself is interesting as ‘anti-antitrust' material. We predict that Apple's OS4 will continue to gain market share. If, in two years, Apple has grown and Adobe has failed to capture any significant portion of the mobile market, they'll probably consider the antitrust option à la Real Networks vs. Microsoft. With this letter, Apple establishes the issue as a technology issue and not one of anti-competitiveness. It's about security, stability, and standards.


Arran Maclean, senior developer

As a senior developer at voucher codes web , we do have flash on site; we have noticed more and more visitors coming from mobile devices.   We have tried our best to achieve a flexible approach to Flash by substituting Flash with alternatives on the fly. Moving forward, presenting a mobile rich alternative view depending on the client.

Mr Jobs raises a number of good points with regards to performance, battery life and new standards from these mobile devices.  Adobe Flash has a large install footprint that can't be ignored, but the number security issues in different Flash versions that keep being reported seem to tarnish the reputation of Adobe Flash. 

Adboe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight are both very powerful tools and empower you to deliver interesting feature rich content, however  If you can achieve an equivalent  experience without relying on extra installed applications you open yourself up a larger market of visitors to your web-site. As web browsers become more advanced this become increasing easier to obtain.

Our customers would not care if there was Flash or Silverlight was on the site, but they would care if they could not access the latest vouchers and coupons, so it our responsibility to supply the best experience for them.

Google's has decided to bundle Flash in with their new Operating system and Google chrome browser support HTML5, thus covering bases.

Microsoft themselves have Silverlight, which is akin to Flash in respect of being a 3rd party install application,  yet their new Internet Explorer 9 will support HTML5,  and I believe Microsoft's new Mobile OS comes with Silverlight support.

We can see more online businesses that deal with public customers moving towards interchangeable parts on their web-site; offering content depending on the customer browser capabilities.