updated 08:45 am EDT, Mon March 17, 2008
Win Mobile Gets Adobe Tech
Adobe on Monday revealed that Microsoft has licensed Flash Lite 3 and Reader LE. The move gives Windows Mobile devices support for web-based animation and video through Internet Explorer Mobile and allows viewing PDF documents both in the browser as well as through Outlook e-mail. The addition will help make Windows Mobile smartphones more "vibrant" with media, Microsoft says. No timetable has been given for when an update will appear to install Flash Lite and Reader LE, though Microsoft's own Silverlight is believed to be ready for Windows Mobile by mid-year.
The upgrade follows last year's addition of Flash Lite to some Symbian phones, including some Nokia Nseries devices. It also follows just days after Apple chief Steve Jobs panned existing Flash versions as potential candidates for the iPhone, arguing that Flash Lite was too limited while the desktop version would be too demanding. The iPhone currently supports PDF viewing.