Microsoft, Adobe Bringing Flash Support to Windows Phone 7 Series
Microsoft and Adobe are working to port Flash Player 10.1 to Internet Explorer Mobile on the Windows Phone 7 Series, according to an Adobe executive, which would allow devices running Microsoft's upcoming smartphone operating system to play rich content on a variety of Websites. Reports from February had suggested that Flash would not be supported on the first generation of Windows Phone 7 Series devices. Microsoft's hardware partners, including Hewlett-Packard, have been emphasizing their Adobe Flash support as a differentiator between their mobile products and those produced by Apple, such as the iPad and iPhone.Microsoft and Adobe are apparently working together to ensure that Windows Phone 7 Series supports Flash Player 10.1, according to a blog posting by an Adobe executive. Enabling that support could possibly counter February reports that the first generation of Microsoft's new smartphone operating system would lack Flash, which activates rich content on a variety of popular Websites. "One thing I wanted to clarify as it may have been lost in some of the other news is that Adobe and Microsoft are working together to bring Flash Player 10.1 to Internet Explorer Mobile on the Windows Phone 7 Series," Mike Chambers, Adobe's principal product manager for developer relations for the Flash platform, wrote in a March 9 posting on his personal blog. "I don't have an ETA or other specifics right now, but it is something that both Adobe and Microsoft are working closely together on."
That statement echoes a Feb. 15 e-mail to eWEEK from an Adobe spokesperson, which read, "While the newest version of Windows Phone won't support Flash at initial availability, both companies are working to include a browser plug-in for the full Flash player in future versions of Windows Phone. More details will be shared at Microsoft MIX next month."