> Really? Then why are we having this discussion seven years later? Not everyone jumped just because Jobs said 'jump'.
Obviously we're arguing semantics here, so let me re-phrase and explain a bit further.
There were plenty of reasons to drop Flash; the constant security issues, the poor performance, the terrible UX, but I'm arguing that the single biggest blow to the success of flash was when iPhones were shipped with support for Flash, and Steve Jobs indicated there never would be.
If you've worked in tech over the last decade, you'll have noticed that a very significant number of your colleagues have been using iPhones and other iProducts. When iPhones were shipped with flash, suddenly web developers were compelled to make websites that worked without Flash. And if they worked without flash then there was no need to use Flash in the desktop version of your website.
Any ecommerce website that popped a polite "This site requires flash" notice silently lost business. CEO's with new iPads were calling up their CTOs, demanding to know why the website was broken.
We are still having this discussion seven years later because when I say a technology "died", I'm not implying that it literally died over night and disappeared. It'll just slowly fade away. At 15 frames per second.