Thursday, April 29, 2010

Thoughts on Flash, by Steve Jobs

For those who have criticized Apple for the company's position on Adobe Flash content, Steve Jobs recently published this essay:

I wanted to jot down some of our thoughts on Adobe’s Flash products so that customers and critics may better understand why we do not allow Flash on iPhones, iPods and iPads. Adobe has characterized our decision as being primarily business driven – they say we want to protect our App Store – but in reality it is based on technology issues. Adobe claims that we are a closed system, and that Flash is open, but in fact the opposite is true. Let me explain. [Read More]

This is good reading. The fact is Flash is old technology. New open standards like HTML5 are going to confirm Flash's status as legacy. Especially in education, it's time to prepare our students for life after Adobe Flash. We need to be teaching HTML5!

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