Another perspective on Adobe and voice focusing on a Flash angle. Including a voice *(and potentially an IP Telephony capability through partners) within the Flash player is important, but for large enterprises looking at their collaboration strategies, there are some intriguing possibilities around Adobe Connect as a real-time, persistent workspace.
Adobe believes that there is an opportunity to create a standardized VoIP platform. Taking a card from Microsoft’s playbook, they will use their enormous distribution strength to deliver a service provider agnostic VoIP platform to every desktop PC on the planet, and potentially most mobile devices as well. At some point, you will simply visit a website requiring the latest version of Flash, click the upgrade button, and the VoIP capabilities will be delivered to your desktop.
Adobe’s pitch to developers? Develop your applications for Flash today. They’ll be portable everywhere, and when the VoIP bits are released, it will be easy to add voice to your application. Potential uses include softclients, games, business collaboration tools, click to call systems – you name it. In this pure platform strategy play, they’re aiming to provide the Voice 2.0 media layer. Adobe representatives are quite candid in their opinion that Microsoft hasn’t done a good job of providing these services, and that has left them an opening.