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Published on abril 30th, 2010 | by GAby Menta


RPT-Microsoft echoes Apple view on Adobe's Flash.

BOSTON, April 30 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) joined

archrival Apple Inc (AAPL.O) in criticizing Adobe Systems Inc’s
(ADBE.O) widely used Flash multimedia software, creating a rare
bond among the two computing giants.

Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs sharply criticized Flash,
which is used to produce videos and games for many Internet
sites on Thursday. Apple has banned Flash from its iPhone and

A Microsoft executive pitched in later that day, saying
while the ubiquity of Flash makes it easy for consumers to
access video on the web, the standard has flaws.

«Flash does have some issues, particularly around
reliability, security and performance,» said Dean Hachamovitch,
general manager for the Internet Explorer browser.

He said that Microsoft is backing the same protocols for
delivering multimedia content over the Web that Apple is
promoting, a group of standards known as HTML5.

But Microsoft was more conciliatory toward Adobe than
Apple, saying it works closely with Flash engineers to help fix
bugs that it find in the product.

Steve Jobs, by comparison, said in his open letter that it
is time for the industry to move beyond Flash.

«Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can
understand why they want to push it beyond PCs,» he said. «But
the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and
open web standards — all areas where Flash falls short.»
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Meanwhile Adobe dismissed the claims, saying that Apple was
simply trying to promote its own products.

«Apple’s moves to block Flash and other technologies are
designed to protect a business model that locks developers and
consumers into a single, proprietary stack,» Adobe spokeswoman
Holly Campbell said.

Some 75 percent of all video on the web are Flash-based.
Popular Flash-based sites such as Hulu can’t run on the iPhone
or iPad, according to Adobe. But sites like YouTube have worked
around this by specially designing non-Flash apps for those
(Reporting by Jim Finkle, editing by Leslie Gevirtz)

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