Adobe backs off Flash for mobile browsers

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Adobe says it will pull Flash, its software for Web video and software, from the Web browsers of mobile devices. Flash will still work on mobile apps and on computers' Web browsers.

(Photo by Etienne Ranger)

It's a win for Apple Inc., which has famously banned Flash from working on the iPhone and the iPad. Adobe Systems Inc., though, says the about-face is about listening to what customers want.

In a blog post Wednesday, Adobe vice-president Danny Winokur said that the company will increase investment in HTML5. That's the latest version of the programming standard that websites are built on.

It was less than two months ago that Winokur told The Associated Press that Adobe was equally focused on both Flash and HTML5.

The news comes shortly after Adobe announced it would cut 100 jobs in Ottawa as part of a 750-employee layoff across Europe and North America.

- With files from OBJ Staff

Organizations: Adobe Systems Inc., Apple Inc., The Associated Press

Geographic location: Ottawa, Europe, North America

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  • jac
    November 11, 2011 - 04:28

    I love flash! its a shame that apple won't support it. silverlight is alright, but its owned by the giant. Use flash! it creates some great stufff