As usual in the beginning of the month we acquaint you with world top M&A deals in IT. Here is our list of November deals. The first company is an acquirer and the second one is the acquired company.
In April, Adobe expanded its Document Cloud service to add support for Box and Microsoft OneDrive, to complement its existing support for Dropbox. This allowed users to work with documents stored in other third-party services when using Adobe’s software, like Adobe Sign or Acrobat Reader, for example. However, that support hadn’t fully made its way to mobile – an issue Adobe is addressing today with a new version of its Acrobat Reader app for iOS.
Adobe urged web developers to leave behind the use of Flash and switch to such modern web standards as HTML5. In its official blog, the company pointed the importance of HTML5 and moving away from the Flash platform, which can be successfully replaced by a new standard. The title Flash will also be changed to Animate CC in the Flash Professional CC flagship product, and it will become the key product for creating the contests of HTML5.
It should be mentioned that we are not talking here about the cessation of Flash Player support for popular Web browsers - the company will continue supporting it. It's all about Flash as the technology and about efforts to encourage the developers for transition to a modern platform HTML5, which now be also supported by Adobe. Flash Player itself is well-known for a huge number of vulnerabilities, exploits for which are being constantly used by attackers to install malware.
Adobe states that Flash is still running a large number of games and a variety of web applications, so it will need to interact with key IT-players for supporting an adequate level of user security. Particularly, according to Facebook, which contains a sufficient amount of Flash content, it must be said that the company is not going to leave f-users to their fate. Adobe will no longer add any new features to Flash Player, but will only focus on maintaining its security.
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