Jobs Posts Open Letter Regarding Flash
Steve Jobs doesn’t make it a frequent habit to post his feelings on the Apple website. So when he does, it’s a big deal. One of the most notable open letters published may have single handedly put an end to DRM. That particular rant was not against any single company, but an idea. Today, however, Jobs has posted a strong letter that is directed at Adobe, specifically Flash.
We know from painful experience that letting a third party layer of software come between the platform and the developer ultimately results in sub-standard apps and hinders the enhancement and progress of the platform. If developers grow dependent on third party development libraries and tools, they can only take advantage of platform enhancements if and when the third party chooses to adopt the new features. We cannot be at the mercy of a third party deciding if and when they will make our enhancements available to our developers.