Adobe CEO: ‘We’ve Moved On’ After Apple Rejects Flash

Adobe CEO: ‘We’ve Moved On’ After Apple Rejects Flash

Remember the spat between Apple and Adobe over Steve Jobs’ decision to drop Flash from the iPhone, iPad and other mobile devices made by the Cupertino, Calif. company? The argument was positioned as a fight over who would control the Internet. “We’ve moved on,” Adobe’s CEO now tells interviewers.

Talking with the London Telegraph, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen says his company is sooo over Apple. “We’d rather work with partners who are interested in working with us,” the Adobe chief tells the website.

While Adobe continues to insist it champions “open systems,” Narayen still blames Apple for all the fuss. “I think a lot of the controversy was about their decision at that point,” he said.

“They’ve made their choice. We’ve made ours and we’ve moved on,” the Adobe CEO adds.

One can’t help being reminded of someone trying the salve the wounds of a broken relationship, when Narayen gives the corporate equivalent to the old saw about their being more fish in the ocean.

“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,” he said.

Earlier this year, Apple CEO Steve Jobs opened a can of worms with a letter entitled “Thought on Flash.” Narayan responded by saying Apple wanted a “closed” system while Adobe championed an “open” Internet.

While Adobe may have buried the hatchet, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the European Commission reportedly are conducting investigations into how Apple forbids developers to use Flash.

[MacRumors, Telegraph]

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