Windows Phone 7 may be Microsoft’s vision of the future of smartphone operating systems… but it’s certainly looking more and more like a device that’s stuck in 2007. We already knew Windows Phone 7 would ship without copy and paste functionality and with limited multitasking support. Now it looks like the WP7 web browser won’t support HTML5 or Adobe Flash when the operating system launches in a few months.

To be fair, Microsoft says Adobe Flash support is in the works, once a suitable mobile version of Flash Player is available. But that might not happen until about 6 months after Windows Phone 7 hits the streets.

As for HTML5, a Microsoft official reportedly told a group in Germany that there are “no concrete plans for HTML5 support.”

That could severely limit the number of web apps that will run on Windows Phone 7 devices. Google Android, iOS, and even the latest verison of the BlackBerry operating system all include HTML5 support.

via WMPoweruser

Brad Linder

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6 replies on “Windows Phone 7 won’t support HTML5, Adobe Flash at launch”

  1. Yes, no flash. Which mobile device out there supports flash well? NONE!! Flash is not designed for mobile devices and Windows Phone already has Silverlight and XNA which are both lighter and better than flash anyday. So what are people crying about? None of the other mobile devices support Silverlight or XNA, they only support HTML5 that is very limited in its capabilities and nobody is crying. Get real people.

    Flash is not coming to any mobile device anytime soon (even Android's attempt is not stable and Jobs knows this too).

  2. The fact that the iPhone and the iPad still don't support Flash… I find it funny you can knock a phone that hasn't come out yet… Here's a penny go buy yourself a Bumper for your broken iPhone 4

  3. I find it hard to believe that there aren't even any plans to support HTML5. So now mobile web developers will have to decide which phones to support; iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Palm or Windows Phone 7. Microsoft may as well throw in the flag.

    @techieg The thing is neither Silverlight or XNA are very prevalent on the web, especially the mobile web, compared to HTML5.

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