Microsoft announced today that it has licensed Adobe's software for viewing
online videos and other files (PDFs) on cell phones. Microsoft will distribute
Flash Lite and Reader programs from Adobe to mobile hardware makers who use its
Windows Mobile software; a compact operating system with a suite of basic apps
for devices including Pocket PCs, Smartphones and Portable Media Centers.
Flash content is widespread on the Web. Giving users the ability to interact
with more Web sites will make the mobile Web a more attractive proposition for
advertisers. In 2007, 11 million phones carried Windows Mobile, which the
company expects to double in the next year.