Flash is out!

Adobe has officially announced that they will no longer implement Flash for future mobile devices.  If this is news to you, I recommend that you read the post on Adobe’s Blog here.

The reaction to this news has spanned the spectrum: some are shaking their fists, while others are seeking HTML5 developers.  The fact of the matter is that the switch is happening or has already happened for 90% of the web.  Keep in mind that HTML5 is basically HTML with CSS and Javascript integrated.  These two technologies, like HTML, have been around for over a decade and allow developers a great deal of flexibility and functionality.  Combining these technologies will allow everyone from students to large corporations to create full-fledged applications viewable on virtually every internet-connected device.

One thing that you need to take into consideration is that Flash is mainly used to display video content across the web.  Flash provides an easy way to publish these files with a player interface.  This can now be done with the HTML5 <video> tag instead.  This tag is supported by all web browsers, including mobile browsers, except for WinMo and Internet Explorer prior to version 9. YouTube has been testing their HTML5 video player for months now, and other video sites are doing the same.

Obviously, those who have created interactive, complex Flash applications now have a daunting task ahead of them.  HTML5 is not yet suited for these types of implementations simply because an intuitive and easy-to-use authoring tool has not been built.  This is why Adobe’s decision to drop Flash is truly brilliant. With Adobe now focusing on HTML5, they will seek to create a better tool to help users develop applications in HTML5 (such as Dreamweaver ) similar to how they had been built in Adobe’s Flash Professional.

There’s no two ways about it: Flash is out and HTML5 is in. Get ready folks; this is the start of Web 3.0.



Rajiv is Sales Manager at M&R Consultants Corporation (MRCC) based in Billerica, MA.  MRCC provides technical and creative services to publishing, training, and development groups across all industries around the globe.

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    2 thoughts on “Flash is out!

    1. John Riley Reply

      With the publicized refusal by Apple a few years ago to include Flash on its iPhones, Adobe was faced with a difficult decision. For their sake and for the sake of quality application development I am happy they decided to adapt to the changing environment of Web 2.0-3.0. With over 91 million smartphone users or about 31% of the United States population, the necessity of adopting HTML5 was apparent(Source: eMarketer, August 2011). Your analysis that Adobe’s focus on HTML5 and the subsequent tools they will create to help developers will change the landscape of the internet is spot-on. The impact of this development could be tremendous and Web 3.0 will be very interesting. Great post.

    2. Anil R. Shah Reply

      Until HTML5 has good development tool it will not be as popular. It is true that flash has seen it’s better days but at present their is no alternative till we have HTML5 editor to create similar interactivity as flash.

      If somebody came up with a tool to convert flash to HTML5 will be most popular tool of the decade. It will be difficult to have automated conversion but if we can get partial help will be a great help.

      Good one, Rajiv

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