Adobe has made some very interesting announcements recently. My friend Simeon has a good blog on these developments Adobe’s Open Screen Project Indicates Strategy Alignment
I last met Simeon at Barcelona in 2007 at Mobile World Congress when I was speaking there, and we had a lengthy discussion about Adobe. I remember Sim was optimistic about Adobe/Flash Lite then – but I was not.
My point has always been – on the Mobile web Adobe is not doing what it did on the web(and which made Adobe successful on the web in the first place) i.e. on the Web – it gives the client for free and charges money for the tools. On mobile, it charges a lot of money for the client(at least it did so prior to this announcement). In private discussions I had with Operators and device manufacturers, this had always been a problem for them – thereby slowing uptake of FlashLite.
I know you could argue that the client was not free in the case of FOMA in Japan – but Japan already had a vibrant mobile data industry in the form of imode prior to FOMA(so the FOMA – flashlite was a lesser risk)
However that has changed
The client is now free. That fact along with other changes makes adobe / Flash Lite a much more interesting proposition to watch now on
Its also nice to see Gary Kovacs take on a key new role .. And from my brief interactions with Gary – this is a good move for Adobe with Gary heading mobile developments
Certainly one to watch