Adobe CEO on Apple Flash argument: “We’ve moved on”

Aug 16, 2010
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Apple and Adobe may not be the best of friends right now, but Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen doesn't seem too worried.  Describing the Cupertino company's aversion to Flash on iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad as Apple "wanting to control the environment", Narayen says his company would "rather work with partners who are interested in working with us" and that "they've made their choice. We've made ours and we've moved on."

"Apple made some statements about the suitability of our technology for mobile devices.  I think we've proven that the technology is not only suitable but it actually significantly enhances the value on these mobile devices.  They've chosen to keep their system closed and we'd rather work with partners who are interested in working with us.  We believe in open systems. We believe in the power of the internet and in customers making choices and I think a lot of the controversy was about their decision at that point. They've made their choice. We've made ours and we've moved on.  It's a business decision. With the energy and innovation that our company has, we'd rather focus on people who want to deliver the best experience with Flash and there are so many of them." Shantanu Narayen, CEO, Adobe

The new stance seems a little less antagonistic than Adobe's previous strategy: blanket ads accusing Apple of being against freedom of choice.  As for whether Adobe is now averse to any future dealings with Apple when it comes to Flash, despite Steve Jobs' vocal criticism of the platform, Narayen is open-minded.  "Our doors are open," he said, "you will have to ask them about their part."


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