Adobe Flash: Another nail in the coffin

September 15, 2011

If you’re considering coding a website using Adobe’s malodorous multimedia middleware, unless you want to do it again very soon, think again. When Microsoft ships Windows 8 in 2012, about 365 days from now, one of the two browsers on offer won’t support plugins of any kind and that includes Adobe’s Flash.

Quoting executive in charge of Internet Explorer, Dean Hachamovitch, ComputerWorld reports that Microsoft has followed Apple’s lead and is deprecating Adobe Flash. That is, of the two versions of Internet Explorer that will ship alongside Windows 8, only one will support plugins — the second is HTML5 only.

“The Metro style browser in Windows 8 is as HTML5-only as possible, and plug-in free,” said Hachamovitch. “The experience that plug-ins provide today is not a good match with Metro style browsing and the modern HTML5 Web.”

Why on earth would Microsoft choose to obviate Flash? Their reasoning sounds very much like the points laid out by Steve Jobs in his now seemingly precient Thoughts on Flash delivered more than a year ago.

“Running Metro style IE plug-in free improves battery life as well as security, reliability, and privacy for consumers,” said Hachamovitch.

So, if you make your living coding for Flash, now’s the time to start learning a new programming language. The writing’s on the wall…

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