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Adobe CEO on Apple: “Let the games begin”

November 16, 2010

MEDIA-SUMMIT/The war between Apple and Adobe, which revolves around the use of Adobe’s Flash software on devices like the iPhone and iPad, has simmered down to a low boil, but it certainly hasn’t gone away. Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen turned up at the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, and the first question out the gate from the interviewer was about — what else? — Apple.

Although Narayen said the media is doing its part to help fuel the spat, he sounded anything but conciliatory:

“There’s a war happening for developers … Adobe has always been about helping people create content for multiple devices, multiple platforms … Apple and Adobe are on different sides of that point of control.”

He continued: “We’re all about a multi-platform, heterogeneous, open ecosystem. And that’s what we’re going to be focused on. And Apple will continue to like to keep that closed and proprietary… so let the games begin.”

And what about that juicy rumor that made the rounds a few weeks ago? Microsoft was said to be talking to Adobe about potentially buying the company, news that sent Adobe’s stock jumping.

Narayen dismissed the rumor, and called the market reaction to it the “nature of the beast”:

“I do meet with Steve (Ballmer) periodically… we continue to talk about how we can be a great ISP… as an independent software company. Absolutely independent.”

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