Pocket IE Gets Flash Lite

Aron Schatz
March 17, 2008

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Microsoft will license a mobile version of Adobe's flash player for use in its Pocket IE browser. They are also putting in Silverlight support. Silverlight is a waste. It is Microsoft's attempt at controlling (yet again) the internet through content. Flash is the de facto standard.


The two companies are expected to announce Monday that Microsoft has signed a license to use Flash Lite and Reader LE in future Windows Mobile handsets as plug-ins for Internet Explorer Mobile. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, such as what the companies plan to do when Microsoft releases Silverlight for Mobile, a competing technology. Flash Lite is a stripped-down version of the ubiquitous Flash video player that allows mobile handsets to view Web sites created with the Flash technology. Think of Flash Lite as a slightly older version of Flash; the most current version of Flash Lite can't properly display Web sites created with the newest version of Flash, Flash 9, but it works with sites created using older versions of the technology.


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