Adobe will be shutting down its two app stores, the AIR Marketplace and the InMarket. The decision shows signs of defeat as well as wisdom, as Adobe reasons that developers now have many newer and more popular marketplace platforms to which they can distribute their apps. And given that, Adobe feels it should refocus resources on making it easier for developers to publish to multiple platforms rather than continuing to support its own platforms.
The announcement was posted on Adobe’s Developer Connection website stating the decision to discontinue development and support for InMarket was based on developer feedback. And that along with discontinuing InMarket, it would also shutter AIR Marketplace, which was built three years ago when there were few distribution channels available for AIR developers.
Specifically citing Apple App Store, Android Market, BlackBerry App World, Intel AppUp center, Samsung Apps, and Toshiba App Place, Adobe admits these “newer popular” app stores are better options for AIR developers, giving them more app distribution opportunities on desktops, mobile devices, and tablets. Both the InMarket and AIR Marketplace platforms will close its doors on August 31, giving developers one month make the switch to another platform.
[via 9to5 Mac]