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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: Jobsian Hypocrisy
By ralniv on 4/29/2010 7:47:23 PM , Rating: 2
Apple is quite supportive of open software standards. They developed OpenCL and moved it into the open standards realm. They released the Darwin UNIX-like operating system that underlies OS X to open source. Safari is a standards-based browser (e.g. CCS3, Javascript, HTML 5) and available on multiple platforms. Apple uses the OpenGL API for 2D and 3D graphics and MPEG-4 for multimedia. Apple contributed to the development of the open AAC audio encoding scheme. OS X natively supports the PDF open document standard (released to open standard by Adobe a few years ago).

RE: Jobsian Hypocrisy
By darkblade33 on 5/3/2010 8:20:52 PM , Rating: 2
Agree 100%.. you never hear how Google and Palm both use Apple's WEBKIT ( an "open source" HTML5 engine ) for their mobile devices.. adroid web browser .. etc..

People have no clue. If iPhone, Android, Palm software had to rely on Flash they would be at the mercy of closed, proprietary software.. None of those companies, in this case because of the article Apple, want to wait on Adobe so they can further software growth. Droid wouldn't have 25,000 apps, iPhone wouldnt have 175,000 apps.. they have much less

RE: Jobsian Hypocrisy
By darkblade33 on 5/3/2010 8:23:44 PM , Rating: 2
PS: Lets not forget.. Palm, Google (Droid), and Apple would ALL be paying Adobe royalties for software based off Flash on mobile devices ..

“We do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone.” -- Steve Jobs
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