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It might not be the kiss and make up scene we've been hoping for, but at the very least it could mean the end of the open hostility that we've all been subjected to as of late. Despite months of bitter words being fired back and forth between the two companies over Steve Jobs' disdain for, and subsequent snubbing of, Adobe's Flash and application development tools, it seems that the software manufacturer may be ready to move on.
You may recall that the two company's long-term relationship became a little icy after Steve Jobs posted an open letter surrounding his thoughts on Flash on the internet. In a nutshell, he told the world that Adobe's Flash was slowing Apple's products down, with its bloated processor needs and dated interface options. Adobe wasn't too thrilled about this. They became even less thrilled when it turned out that Apple had opted to forbid application development for the iOS using any third-party software--software that Adobe was largely responsible for. It's been nothing but muckraking and daggers ever since.
At least until Saturday.
If Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen's comments to the Telegraph.co.uk are any indication, it may well be that the software giant moved past the issue.
"Apple made some statements about the suitability of our technology for mobile devices," said Narayen. "They've chosen to keep their system closed and we'd rather work with partners who are interested in working with us... 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."
Adobe has never had a problem finding other partners to dance with. As it stands, 19 out of 20 of the world's largest smartphone manufacturers (can you guess which one is number 20?) allow Flash to run on their hardware. With that in mind, it's hard not to see Apple opting out of using the format on their mobile devices is really nothing more than a tempest in a teacup.
The question of whether the possibility of a future reconcilliation between the two companies could be a future possibility is one close to the heart of most iPad and iPhone users. While Apple seems to have made their final decisions on the matter, Narayen says that Adobe's doors are open, and that they'd be willing to sit down for a bit of a chat should Cupertino ever find it within themselves to do so.