Holy crap! Where did THIS Steve Jobs come from?

by Thomas Brady


He concludes an article posted today with a concise, effective wrap-up:

Flash was created during the PC era – for PCs and mice. Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs. But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short.
The avalanche of media outlets offering their content for Apple’s mobile devices demonstrates that Flash is no longer necessary to watch video or consume any kind of web content. And the 200,000 apps on Apple’s App Store proves that Flash isn’t necessary for tens of thousands of developers to create graphically rich applications, including games.
New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.

I have read near-exact copies of that paragraph on sites like Daring Fireball for about a year now. Pundits are expected to say such things. Normally-recluse CEOs, though… There are some doozeys in his article. He asks if, since a Flash-driven site will need to be rebuilt to account for touch devices and modern video delivery mechanisms that improve quality and battery performance, why not just rebuild the whole site in modern technologies like HTML5, CSS and JavaScript.” Ouch. Not that I disagree, mind you, but that’s a pretty tasty burn on Adobe. Time to speed up my reading of Designing With Web Standards an Developing With Web Standards. Oh, and Adobe, Steve is not the only person asking you to make an HTML5 IDE. Listen to your customers, would you? Flash Builder is practically already an HTML5 IDE, you know…