By >Akihabara News Team
Flash Support Saga Episode II: Adobe strikes back to Apple
For sure one of the most striking stories of today is the Open Letter entitled “Our Thoughts on Open Markets” published by Chuck Geschke, John Warnock,the founders of Adobe. It is interesting as it is where they openly strike back to Steve Jobs of Apple regarding the statements he made last month on Adobe Flash issue.
First of all, in case you may have missed the story, here we provide the link to Steve Jobs’ philosophical article justifying their Anti-Flash stance “Thoughts on Flash”. Having scanned through that, you can read the following excerpt from the open letter of the Adobe founders where they openly refer Apple and tell us what you think. Is the lack of Flash support such a big deal really ?
Excerpt from the Open Letter:
When markets are open, anyone with a great idea has a chance to drive innovation and find new customers. Adobe’s business philosophy is based on a premise that, in an open market, the best products will win in the end — and the best way to compete is to create the best technology and innovate faster than your competitors.
That, certainly, was what we learned as we launched PostScript® and PDF, two early and powerful software solutions that work across platforms. We openly published the specifications for both, thus inviting both use and competition. In the early days, PostScript attracted 72 clone makers, but we held onto our market leadership by out-innovating the pack. More recently, we’ve done the same thing with Adobe® Flash® technology. We publish the specifications for Flash — meaning anyone can make their own Flash player. Yet, Adobe Flash technology remains the market leader because of the constant creativity and technical innovation of our employees.
We believe that Apple, by taking the opposite approach, has taken a step that could undermine this next chapter of the web — the chapter in which mobile devices outnumber computers, any individual can be a publisher, and content is accessed anywhere and at any time.
In the end, we believe the question is really this: Who controls the World Wide Web? And we believe the answer is: nobody — and everybody, but certainly not a single company.
P.S. *Picture Steve Jobs courtesy of trainingtecnologia.wordpress.com
*We (Love) Apple is the current ad campaign Adobe is running