Shantanu says the company believes in "open systems"

Adobe has ‘moved on’ from Apple

Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen said that the company had "moved on" following Apple’s decision to ban Flash from Apple’s portable devices.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, the Adobe boss said that Apple’s decision could be explained by examining it in a business perspective, saying that it reflected a strategy of wanting to control the environment. 

Apple boss Steve Jobs had earlier issued a damning public letter in which he decried proprietary standards, saying that "Rather than use Flash, Apple has adopted HTML5, CSS and JavaScript – all open standards." 

Jobs had also criticised the mobile performance of Flash, saying: "We have routinely asked Adobe to show us Flash performing well on a mobile device, any mobile device, for a few years now. We have never seen it."

Presumably referring to these statements, Shantanu told the Telegraph "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."

Santanu said that the company would be focusing on working with companies which choose to work with Flash. 

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