“Rest assured Adobe Connect which was just named by PC Magazine as the best Web Conference Solution for 2011 is not going away. Adobe is concentrating it’s sales and marketing efforts (sales force) on government and education markets. The U.S. Dept. of Defense just signed a 5 year $93M agreement to use and expand Adobe Connect. Adobe Connect is the DoD standard for eLearning and collaboration.”
While I appreciate his optimism, from what I’ve seen so far, I’m not so sure the Adobe Board is on the same page about Adobe Connect. It seems mighty suspect that right after Adobe executives announced last week that Adobe Connect will no longer be marketed to customers, that Adobe Connect managers all immediately responded on their blogs that Adobe Connect is going strong and will continue to be supported. If we take a closer look at the numbers, I would say things aren’t really looking so hot for Connect.
Last Wednesday, Adobe blinked in its long standing Flash face-off with Apple when it announced that it was ending Flash development on mobile platforms in favor of HTML5. In the subsequent hullabaloo raised by defiant Flash developers and exuberant Apple and HTML5, a Reuters article reported that Adobe “plans to scale back promotion of its LiveCycle business process management software and Connect web conferencing businesses,” also adding that while “It will stop marketing those products to most customers…it will continue to support them.”
Not to spread any unfounded rumors, the Adobe Connect DevLearn team insists that they are still innovating and improving their product and that they will continue to expand their “vertical markets.” Gillaume Privat, Director of Adobe also posted something to this effect on the Adobe blog. To confirm that Adobe really is in no way deserting the Connect product, Ken Molay of The Webinar Blog spoke directly with Privat. Molay believes Adobe Connect is merely dumping the brunt of its marketing and selling responsibilities to its resellers while Adobe concentrates on the big daddies (government or financial institution) as a cost-savings strategy.
Whichever the case, if this announcement makes you a little jittery about Adobe Connect, maybe it’s time to consider a Flash alternative. We think there are plenty of good reasons to use VSee versus Flash whether or not Connect is on its way out.