Formula for Killing a Platform

How to kill off a platform in four easy steps . . .

Your parent gets distracted by big enterprise objects that don’t follow the same roadmap.
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The free/open technology catches up to what 80% of your customers use you for.
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The hardware of the moment doesn’t support you, not because it can’t, but because the guy who runs the company doesn’t want it to.
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You’ve evolved the tools and the UI but not the core engine, and it shows.

Flash is dead. Long Live Flash and the tens of thousands of people who learned to make a ball bounce around a screen or thought a site intro movie was a good idea.

By the way, there are plenty of other technologies that are pretty close to having all the ingredients for an untimely (or timely death).

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