Adobe Systems has announced that Microsoft has licensed Adobe Flash Lite software, Adobe's 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 email attachments and web content. Both Adobe products will be made available to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) worldwide, who license Windows Mobile software.
The Flash Lite 3.x browser plug-in for Internet Explorer Mobile on Windows Mobile will provide users with access to web content created using Adobe Flash technology. Adobe Reader LE will allow Windows Mobile users to 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."
Flash Lite is said to be 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 Mobile users."