Mobile Flash: So long and thanks for all the crash.

Summary:In an inevitable and not-so-surprising move, Adobe abandons its buggy and iOS-unsupported Flash for mobile devices. Surely, there's a celebration afoot somewhere to commemorate the occasion in a respectful yet unregrettable manner.

What do you mean Flash mobile is going away?

What do you mean Mobile Flash is going away?

I'm glad Mobile Flash is going away and not a moment too soon. I'm tired of its "doesn't play well with others" attitude. It's true. Every day, I experience at least one Google Chrome browser crash due to the flash plug-in. Sick of it? Oh, yes, indeed, I am. But, I doubt it's going to be fixed anytime soon and I won't be holding my breath waiting for it either. I'm not sure why anyone thought something like Flash was a good idea. I wish it would go away completely and not just on mobile platforms. If Flash were to hit the market today, I'm afraid that techies would ban it and any site that uses it. Goodbye Mobile Flash, I won't miss you at all.

And, Steve Jobs was right to prevent Adobe's buggy Flash garbage from being supported on its iOS-based devices. Yes, it's a little painful not to have Flash support because so many people use it but maybe this move will signal the ultimate demise of that horrid product.

I have a theory about why it's so buggy but I will refrain from sharing it with you for now. Someday, however, I may unleash a rant so terrible about Flash, and products like it, that you might wish that you could unread the post afterward. So, I'll save it for a special occasion.

I'm sure that developers are scrambling to redesign their sites--at least the mobile-friendly ones--as Flash-free. I'm excited at the prospect of a Flash-free Internet.

Of course, I hope that developers will use HTML5 instead of another much hated product: Java. Oh, the pain it brings me to even say or write the word, Java. OK, I promised to save the rant for another time.

Back to Flash. Adobe is doing the right thing by getting rid of it. There's no real reason for them to continue to support that product. And, they would do well to abandon it entirely, IMHO.

As a matter of fact, in honor of Adobe's move on Mobile Flash, I'm uninstalling the crashy Flash plug-in on all of my browsers: Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer.

What do you think of Adobe's decision to toss Mobile Flash into the dustbin? Talk back and let me know.

Topics: Browser, Apps, Google

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Kenneth 'Ken' Hess is a full-time Windows and Linux system administrator with 20 years of experience with Mac, Linux, UNIX, and Windows systems in large multi-data center environments.

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