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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 MAGICAL Enough
By sapiens74 on 4/29/2010 7:07:43 PM , Rating: -1
Alienware HAHAHAH

Go to any major mall with your alienware and Ill show up with my Core i7 MBP and we will ask all the pretty girls which they like better.

You can tell them about your 80 Shaman


RE: Not MAGICAL Enough
By Chapbass on 4/29/2010 8:36:32 PM , Rating: 5
Why exactly would I be taking a laptop to a major mall again? Or any mall for that matter? Last I checked, laptops weren't a fashion device.

Tell you what, I'll go to the mall and interact with the girls, you can go to the mall and sit on your MBP.

RE: Not MAGICAL Enough
By sapiens74 on 4/29/10, Rating: -1
RE: Not MAGICAL Enough
By Alexstarfire on 4/29/2010 11:16:15 PM , Rating: 5
He's not the OP, retard. His point was that you don't use a laptop, be it Mac or PC, to attract girls. BTW, my phone plays music and pictures too.... and it's not even a smartphone. So you do that sitting down while we're walking around and doing stuff. Most people don't go to a mall to sit down.

RE: Not MAGICAL Enough
By mikeyD95125 on 5/3/10, Rating: 0
RE: Not MAGICAL Enough
By NesuD on 4/29/2010 11:31:44 PM , Rating: 5
Go to any major mall with your alienware and Ill show up with my Core i7 MBP and we will ask all the pretty girls which they like better.

Won't the pretty girls be to busy laughing at your burns from the 100c + i7 MBP?

RE: Not MAGICAL Enough
By jvillaro on 4/30/2010 12:22:08 AM , Rating: 5
I bet that MBP is going to get them really hot...

RE: Not MAGICAL Enough
By CZroe on 4/30/2010 12:48:42 AM , Rating: 3
Well, the MBP doesn't fit in my motorcycle's tank bag so when I show up on my sport bike and whip out a small gaming machine with better graphics and great battery life, I'll just let the bike get all the attention while I do whatever public computing I needed to do. Even the MBA is too big.

Forget gadget fashion statements. Forget vehicle fashion statements too. Leave that kind of stuff to the fanboys that use words like "sexy" to describe freaking OBJECTS. Just get what is most appropriate to your needs.

RE: Not MAGICAL Enough
By jRaskell on 4/30/2010 8:58:11 AM , Rating: 2
So we should make our purchasing decisions based on what all the pretty girls like better?

Good grief, grow up!

RE: Not MAGICAL Enough
By AbsShek on 4/30/2010 10:53:24 AM , Rating: 2
Sadly, this is exactly how things work...
If it doesn't get the buyer laid, it won't sell...

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