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Friday, April 30, 2010

The big news lately in tech is that Apple is no longer going to support Flash in their portable devices. In Adobe's response to Apple they state:

"..given the legal terms Apple has imposed on developers, we have already decided to shift our focus away from Apple devices for both Flash Player and AIR."

Adobe's response clearly states that they were moving away from the platform anyway. ...and I believe them. Apple's legal terms are notorious. They essentially say - the device belongs to Apple and we can do whatever we want with it or your software installation. I personally know developers who will not develop for the IPhone specifically because of the license agreement.

Apple needs to be careful here. To paraphrase Bill Gates - they are making the same mistakes they made in the 80s. Trying to maintain a closed system for software will only work up to a point. There is just too much software waiting to be written and no company can do it all. Microsoft has understood this for over 30 years, but Apple still doesn't get it.

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