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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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App Store
By LyCannon on 4/29/2010 5:24:00 PM , Rating: 5
The real reason that Apple doesn't want to support flash is their app store. If flash were available on the iPhone/iPad, WTF would I spend money on simple apps when I can get them for free on a website?

It has nothing to do with the "future" of HTML 5, or proprietary formats, or any of the other excuses SJ gives.

It's all about the money!

RE: App Store
By icanhascpu on 4/29/10, Rating: 0
RE: App Store
By VooDooAddict on 4/30/2010 1:14:18 AM , Rating: 3
What's wrong is that they pretend it's a technical problem with Adobe and try to paint them as the bad guy.

Instead they lie, and play a PR game, hoping that people won't see that it's really about App Store money.

They need to stick to their spin from the OSX side. "Apps form the App Store are better tested and higher quality. Oh and that's where we make lots of money."

It's like concessions stand at a movie theater. You are prohibited from bringing in your own food so they can make more money off concessions. And it's accepted ... it's not liked, but it's accepted.

"Google fired a shot heard 'round the world, and now a second American company has answered the call to defend the rights of the Chinese people." -- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)

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