Microsoft Puts the Squeeze on Apple with Flash, Silverlight Support for Windows Mobile

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Steve Jobs might want to look in his rearview mirror, because there's a hulking eighteen-wheeler barreling down the highway, belching thick black smoke, and crushing every vehicle in its path.

The software giant is working with long time rival Adobe to bring Flash player Lite (yes, THAT Flash player) to Windows Mobile devices, while simultaneously incorporating support for its own SilverLight technology. The move will give Microsoft a leg up over Apple, making its mobile platform more web 2.0 friendly in supporting these ubiquitous web animation and runtime environments.

Apple has valid reasons for eschewing Flash lite, so it claims, like poor performance and a not-so-much like a desktop experience. Even if valid, it's never a checkmark in your favor when competing products support features yours does not.

Wake up, Apple. You're in Micrsoft's crosshairs now.

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Microsoft Puts the Squeeze on Apple with Flash, Silverlight Support for Windows Mobile

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Ever seen an eighteen wheeler that did not make it down the mountain? The little cars just get out of the way and let it pass. Which vehicle do you think they make those sand barriers for? Guess who makes it down the mountain?
Apple has and will survive. More than that, at least in this market, Apple has become more innovative with the Iphone, as well as the marketing of this device, and is going to take over the mobile phone world...

There has been a Flash Lite player for WM in the works for...ever. And Microsoft has been talking about user experience forever as well. As cool as Adobe is, it'll take MUCH more than this for WM to ever be considered a premium mobile platform.... c'mon.