Flash Loses Ground and Could Bring Your Website Down With It

The Apple Versus Adobe debate has been ongoing for years, and Apple has not given in.  They have crafted an entire article on the topic, giving several reasons for their decision not to include Flash on their mobile devices. Symantec recently highlighted Flash for having one of the worst security records in 2009. We also know firsthand that Flash is the number one reason Macs crash. We have been working with Adobe to fix these problems, but they have persisted for several years now. We don’t want to reduce the reliability and security of our iPhones, iPods and iPads by adding Flash.

In addition, Flash has not performed well on mobile devices. We have routinely asked Adobe to show us Flash performing well on a mobile device, any mobile device, for a few years now. We have never seen it. ~Steve Jobs, 2010

Now, those concerns have shifted from the mobile market to the general internet audience.  Website designers have started avoiding Flash completely, in favor of programs that will operate on all devices.  It makes perfect sense.  As many as 94 percent of mobile users can’t view Flash on their devices today.  With the mobile market becoming increasingly powerful, businesses don’t want to take the chance of losing such a large percentage of market share simply because their website cannot be viewed.

As the proportion of users utilizing mobile devices continues to increase, your website is in danger of becoming completely obsolete if you don’t change your animation format.  Years ago, it might have been considered cutting edge to include Flash on your site.  Today, it is detrimental to your reputation and to your website’s chances of success.  It is possible to get the same great look in a format that is compatible with all devices, and the investment in that transition can save you a great deal of frustration.

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