Adobe Defends Itself Against Steve Jobs’ Attack On Flash

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Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs surprised Adobe (NSDQ: ADBE) today by publishing a 1,671-word essay on his thoughts on why Apple does not allow Flash on iPhones, iPods and iPads. This afternoon, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen, made an appearance at the WSJ’s office to participate in a live blog, and to defend the company, against what he called was an “extraordinary attack.”

Without a referee, there could be no winner. Jobs accused Adobe and Flash of being a closed and proprietary system, and Narayan chuckled in response, calling Flash “an open specification.” Jobs said Flash drains batteries, and Narayan said that’s “patently false.”

While Jobs railed on about the downsides of Flash, Narayan stuck to the benefits: that Apple should let customers decide and that Adobe’s ultimate goal is to create a platform that lets content be written once for multiple platforms, and that a more cohesive world will “eventually prevail.”

Be your own judge and read the full text of the interview with Adobe’s Narayan here, and Jobs’ full essay here.

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