The Adobe Flash Platform was introduced in 1996. Immediately it was adopted as the defacto web standard for a very wide variety of uses. Here is a partial list of what flash is used for: - Advertisements - Presentations - Web Sites - Multimedia - Screen Savers - Games - Movies - Animations - Quality Video - Mobile Content This is the very reason, that going forward, the iPad _must_ incorporate flash. Most if not all competing tablets will have it, thereby having the undeniable advantage of offering 100% access to the full Internet. Not the limited experience that cripples the iPad. So far Apples lead has not revealed this major shortcoming. However the moment the competitors catch up, and they _will_ then Apples weakness will be revealed for all to see. For many years up to, and including the present time, flash remains the vehicle of choice for news videos, ads, movie previews, and nearly every multimedia animation on the web. At no time was there any sort of problem until Apple's CEO Steve Jobs declared war, because his baby the iPad was woefully unable to handle flash. How quick he was to forget the many contributions of Adobe Software Corp to Apple Computers early successes. Now with an even more intense money driven ego, Jobs has turned his back on past alliances and muscled his way to the top, riding on the backs of his customers and past contributors. A fact that reflects more on the man than the technology. Very revealing indeed. It's high time for a new CEO at Apple. However that said, our western culture sets a precedence that we are witnessing now. It's about keeping this man alive at all costs, because he's Apple's real cash cow. Without his world class ability to sell anything Apple, the company would be forced to compete on a level playing field. And _THAT_ is Apples worst nightmare.