Windows: Pushing the envelope – not

From Asymco:

Microsoft already has lost its position as leader in personal technology. The end actually came in about 2000. Once Windows became “good enough” and did not crash so much, they have had a hard time finding something to improve.

This isn’t altogether true in an absolute sense, but compare the leap from Windows 2000 to Windows 7 with where Apple has taken Mac OS X in the same time (just look at Lion). This is where Apple’s deep integration with hardware makes really *useful* innovation possible.

Footnote: see where Microsoft has taken Office in this same period, where it hasn’t needed to depend on hardware integration.

“But *this* mobile phone OS supports Flash!”

An Infoworld experiment with Flash on Android:

The UI turns into a tug-of-war between the browser and the Flash Player, where each touch produces varying effects, seemingly at random. Depending on where your finger happens to land — and maybe on your timing — one touch might be interpreted as a command for the browser and the next might activate controls in a Flash movie, while the next might do nothing. Adobe simply has not done enough to accommodate touch-based interfaces.

The conclusion?

If you were hoping the Flash player would enable a whole new world of content, you will be disappointed. Flash sites on Android devices are utterly hit or miss. And if you’re deploying Flex applications for your business to be accessed on mobile devices, my advice is to switch to HTML immediately.

Turns out there’s a chasm between “supports” and “works”.