Two conspicuous absences in the abilities of Windows Phone 7 are Flash and Silverlight — the latter especially, as it is developed by Microsoft themselves. TechRadar talked to Microsoft’s Andy Lees, president of the mobile communications division, on the issue, and this is what he had to say:
“It’s not a religious thing; we support standard H.264 video in the browser. We’re not allergic to Flash, we’re not allergic to Silverlight, we’re not allergic to HTML5 – but this [Windows Phone 7 browser] doesn’t support it. We don’t have the extensibility model inside the browser for those pieces and when you see the future I think you’ll understand why.
“There is no ActiveX plug-in extensibility because of the security model; we’re not going to do that. And with no ActiveX plug-in model, how would we do Flash?”
It’s about stability, security, and battery life, it seems. Pretty much exactly what Apple said about why they don’t support Flash on the iPhone.
Justin Goldberg says
So the windows phone 7 browser is not IE? Yeah! I like the lack of cruft.
Bash on Flash much? The article doesn’t mention stability once, in reference to battery life it says:
“…running Flash or Silverlight designed for the PC would hammer battery life, because getting better performance and managing the runtimes as part of the same process will mean better battery life”.
Yeah, running a full version of Microsoft Office on your phone would probably kill it too. Thing is, Flash for mobile is a difference product as are Flash for IE and Flash for Firefox, for example. It’s also why Flash runs fairly well on Android now; the player just needs to be tailored for the mobile device.
And the only mention of security in the article was:
“…there is no ActiveX plug-in extensibility because of the security model; we’re not going to do that. And with no ActiveX plug-in model, how would we do Flash?””
What Apple said is mostly nonsense and what you wrote in this post is about the same. Try reading the article you link to next time!
I don’t understand your point, Marcus. The article did mention security as a reason why there is no flash – you even quoted it yourself. Yet you claim the author didn’t read the article. What do you mean??
Where is your money when you allow developers to distribute their applications out of (your) store?
no puede ser es una porqueria mi celular me arrepiento de haber gastado si no puedo ver mis camaras no me sirve de nada .
Qué cámaras quieres ver?