Microsoft’s Windows Phone devices will never include full browser flash support after Adobe pulled the plug on its Flash plugin for mobile devices on Tuesday.
Adobe issued an email briefing to its partners stating that the company will stop development on Flash Player for browsers on mobile. Additionally the company plans to focus on mobile apps and HTML5. ZDNet managed to secure the following statement from Adobe:
“Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates.”
Microsoft were originally working alongside Adobe for Flash support in Windows Phone. The software maker revealed its Internet Explorer 9 mobile earlier this year and confirmed that the company was working closely with Adobe to see if Flash would work on Windows Phone or not. Microsoft clearly opted not to support it as Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” shipped without Flash. Microsoft’s Windows 8 Metro style Internet Explorer will also not support the Flash player.