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Adobe CEO and President Shantanu Narayen  (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen responds to Steve Jobs' open letter

Earlier today, Steve Jobs pulled out a shotgun and fired away at Adobe at point-blank range. Jobs laid out a six-point plan of attack detailing why Adobe Flash is detrimental to the Mac and iPhone/iPod touch/iPad mobile platforms and why the web should just let the "proprietary standard" die.

Well, we knew that Adobe wasn't just gonna let Jobs' barbs fly without a response -- and like clockwork, Adobe's CEO has answered back. The Wall Street Journal's Alan Murray interviewed Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen about Jobs' comments and here are a few of the highlights:

  • Adobe believes in open content; Apple is threatened by Adobe's penchant for creating cross-platform software.
  • Narayen likens the fight between Apple and Adobe to the rift between Jon and Kate Gosselin.
  • Jobs' open letter was merely a "smokescreen"; Apple's restrictions are stifling development and have "nothing to do with technology".
  • Narayen refutes the assertion that Adobe Flash is the main reason why Macs crash.
  • Jobs' comments about poor battery life on machines using Adobe Flash are "patently false".
  • "It doesn't benefit Apple, and that's why you see this reaction".
  • Narayen asserts that the consumer should be able to decide which technologies they want to use and he thinks that a multi-platform world is where the future is headed.

Interestingly, Narayen doesn't make any mention of HTML5 which Jobs suggests that developers use to crush Adobe Flash. You can view the full interview here at the WSJ's Digits blog.

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RE: Not a knight in shining armour
By carniver on 4/29/2010 4:57:42 PM , Rating: 2
If I were Adobe, I'd open up the Flash format entirely rather than waiting for the still messy HTML5 to mature and replace Flash altogether. This way they can still make their CS5 and they should have a lead on Flash content creation anyway, all while leaving SJ with no more excuses.

RE: Not a knight in shining armour
By jonmcc33 on 4/29/2010 6:25:00 PM , Rating: 2
You are asking Adobe to give up on a huge cash cow. That is not going to happen. More people own a Windows based PC that runs Flash without a problem than those that own a Mac and have issues with Flash.

The lowest one on the totem pole is the one that seems to whine the most. Does Steve Jobs need some cheese with that?

By darkblade33 on 5/3/2010 7:51:43 PM , Rating: 2
Where it seems to be happening is the move to smaller mobile devices, not the pc as you said.

iPhone's safari browser, Google's Android web-browser, and Palms web-browser all use Apple's WebKit - which is an open source HTML5 rendering engine. Open source meaning collaborative effort in which programmers improve upon the code and share the changes within the community ( i,e Google which is a key member )

If Hate Apple or Not doesn't matter .. Flash is NOT open, it is completely controlled by one company alone, Adobe. And any company who relies on them ( Adobe ) for upgrades, etc.. is completely at their mercy. If Apple, Google, Palm used Flash as their main video viewer as the desktop pc has.. none of them would thrive as they have. Much of their software would be completely dependant on what Adobe does.

By darkblade33 on 5/3/2010 8:15:09 PM , Rating: 2
As far as low guy on the totem poll .. from a financial point of view: Apple is worth about 240 Billion in 2010.. versus like 25 Billion for Adobe. I think that sums it up.

"My sex life is pretty good" -- Steve Jobs' random musings during the 2010 D8 conference
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