Windows 7 phones will ‘lack’ Flash, too

March 19, 2010

Like Apple’s iPhone, iPod touch and soon the iPad, as well, new smartphones based on Microsoft’s upcoming Window Phone 7 Series — say that with a mouthful of saltines — won’t support Flash. A mere technical issue to remedied later or a clear jab at Adobe?

InformationWeek reports that Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 Series (gosh, what an awful name) will not support either Adobe Flash or cut and paste. Specifically, Redmond didn’t feel it worthwhile to delay the product in order to bake in these features.

“One thing I wanted to clarify as it may have been lost in some of the other news is that Adobe and Microsoft are working together to bring Flash Player 10.1 to Internet Explorer Mobile on Windows Phone 7 Series,” said Mike Chambers, developer relations manager, Adobe.

OK, just crush our hopes. Rend the dream of a Flash free mobile internet to sunders (you bastards).

With stability and security for all

Then again, Microsoft’s next-gen Internet Explorer 9 browser, another market where the company has been hemorrhaging share, is expected to offer greatly improved HTML5, CSS 3 and JavaScript support, which together constitute an increasingly capable replacement for Flash. Here’s hoping Redmond has the wisdom to build those features into its mobile browser, as well.

And, so the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad stand alone against the scourge of Flash…

What’s your take?

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12 Responses to “Windows 7 phones will ‘lack’ Flash, too”

  1. Sam:

    My take is that Microsoft realized they were playing the wrong game completely, and figured if they made a clone of where the iPhone was a year or two ago at least they’d be in the race (albeit a couple years behind), and it would be easier to catch up technologically than be playing the wrong game entirely. So they took every feature, limitation, form factor, business decision, developer program, revenue sharing system, and user input device from the iPhone and reimplemented it themselves exactly as Apple did. If you can’t beat’em, join’em, right?

  2. fricfrac:

    Well I wouldn’t worry yet for a couple of reasons.
    First, MS has a looong record of promising and not delivering, just to keep it’s associates sweet.
    Secondly, MS has recognised the Apple way as a superior model and they would blow it apart if they allow flash to subvert their own app store plans

  3. Constable Odo:

    I consider that a good thing. The more companies that don’t support Flash on their mobile platform, the less relevance Flash will have for advertisers. I suppose Microsoft wants to use Silverlight instead of Flash.

  4. Tom B:

    The thing a lot of tech pundits fail to grasp is how much USERS utterly DESPISE Flash and wish it would go away. CPU-sucking, insecure, annoyance, Flash!

  5. David C:

    There will only be one browser in Windows Phone 7 Series. That’s Internet Explorer (and based on the old IE7, rather than IE9). In that browser, there’ll be no Flash, no Silverlight, no HTML5. IE7 is not even very W3C standards compliant. A depressing story.

    The first generation of Windows Phone 7 Series is not going to be very useful. Gee, not even copy/paste. Will we have to wait until Windows Phone 8 Series before a usable OS arrives? It will be killed in the market by iPhone and Android before Microsoft can get its act together.

  6. MacHackPC:

    Windows Phone 7 Series does support Flash –
    http://www.machackpc.com/featured/flash-10-1-will-be-on-windows-phone-7-series-confirmed/

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  8. css:

    oh,html5 css3….

  9. Christopher Strow:

    I can only imagine the amount of sales that will come about to the first company that offers flash! I know I will definitely be a buyer. In my opinion, whoever comes out with it first will tremendously crush sales for that year. Why has it not been developed yet? If you would like to learn anti aging advice, then let me know. Thanks and nice subject as well.

  10. Windows Phone:

    It seems Flash will be available quite soon on windows phone 7.

  11. Leon Gantert:

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