Adobe Flash has been around the block and back. In Internet years, it's ancient. The first official version was released in 1996 by Macromedia, who was later acquired by Adobe. It was a concept ahead of its time. As the Internet found its collective feet throughout the 1990s and into the early 2000s, Flash provided a rich interactive experience that was second to none. With the technology programmers could create games, build interactive websites, stream audio/video, create unique animations, and much more. Although competitors such as Microsoft dabbled in this market, none could find the traction and support that Flash achieved. It seemed that Adobe would remain a dominant player for many years to come, but two things changed that. They were the browser wars and Apple. One prominent area of the browser wars was showing leadership in the industry by incorporating the latest ideas and concepts. This included support for the HTML5 open standard which incorporates most of the functionality within Flash. A little after that, Apple moved mobile computing into the 21st century by introducing the iPhone and iPad. With a new form factor came a new unsupported operating system. Adobe forgot that Apple is a stubborn company that does not like to be controlled. A few years later, in an infamous public letter to the world, Steve Jobs proclaimed Flash to be obsolete. This was a big win for developers, and here's why...
Jul 25, 13