Systems Incorporated today announced that Microsoft has licensed Adobe Flash
Lite software, Adobe's award-winning Flash Player runtime specifically designed
for mobile devices, to enable web browsing of Flash Player compatible content
within the Internet Explorer Mobile browser in future versions of Microsoft
Windows Mobile phones. Microsoft has also licensed Adobe Reader LE software for
viewing Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) documents including E-Mail
attachments and web content. Both Adobe products will be made available to
Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) worldwide, who license Windows Mobile
So far ODMs had to license Flash Lite and and Reader LE on their own and only
a few did it. With a centralized license agreement. Now there are real chances
that most upcoming Windows Mobile PDAs and smartphones will be able to handle
PDFs and Flash-enabled websites out of the box; especially because Flash Lite
3.x is a browser plug-in for Internet Explorer Mobile on Windows Mobile which
will provide users with access to rich and interactive web content created using
Adobe Flash technology. As the most popular and ubiquitous format on the
Internet today, Adobe Flash powers many rich and engaging web sites,
applications and animations. Adobe Reader LE will allow Windows Mobile users to
easily and reliably view and navigate rich PDF content using innovative features
developed to improve document readability on smaller screens.
"People want vibrant web experiences and access to entertainment and
information anywhere, anytime," said John O'Rourke, general manager, Mobile
Communications Business at Microsoft Corp. "Bringing Flash Lite and Reader LE to
the Windows Mobile experience will give consumers more of their favorite
websites on the go."
With more than 150 percent year-over-year growth and half a billion mobile
devices shipped with Flash Lite to date, Flash Lite is delivered on mobile
phones and devices of all major handset manufacturers worldwide. Flash Lite runs
on multiple platforms, including Windows Mobile, Symbian S60, and Qualcomm BREW,
in addition to embedded operating systems on a variety of OEM platforms.
"We are thrilled to work with Microsoft to add playback of rich, web-based
Flash Player compatible content and PDF document viewing to Windows Mobile,"
said Al Ramadan, senior vice president, Mobile and Devices at Adobe. "Flash has
revolutionized the way we experience content on the web and we are excited that
Microsoft has decided to extend the experience of Flash technology to Windows
In fiscal year 2007, Microsoft sold 11 million Windows Mobile licenses and
expects to sell more than 20 million licenses in fiscal year 2008, making
Windows Mobile a leading smartphone platform globally.
Adobe Flash Lite and Reader LE availability for Windows Mobile phones will be
Cheers ~ Arne