Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch believes the Web is big enough for both Flash and HTML5.
The whole Apple vs. Adobe thing has been going on for weeks and it all started when Steve Jobs said the world was moving toward HTML5. With a comment like that, it sounded like Steve believed it was a case of either Adobe or HTML5 and that the web wasn't big enough for both of them to thrive. However, Adobe is of a different frame of mind.
Speaking at the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco, Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch pledged support for the new version of HTML. Responding to a question posed by host Brady Forrest who asked how Adobe would react to HMTL5, Lynch replied that his company would build the best tools for HTML5.
"I wouldn’t say reacting to HTML5. We see whatever people are using to express themselves. … We’re going to make great tooling for HTML5. We’re going to make the best tools in the world for HTML 5," he declared. "It’s not about HTML 5 vs Flash. They’re mutually beneficial. The more important question is the freedom of choice on the web."
Lynch goes on to criticize Apple for trying to create a walled garden and said that when it comes to the issue Apple has with Adobe, it's not that the technology doesn’t work, it's that it does. The CTO added that being the only company that isn't participating isn't exactly a favorable position to be in at the end of the day.
"We’re working through the Open Screen Project. Have over 70 partners working with Adobe on that," Lynch explained. "There’s a lot of great devices coming out over the course of the second half of this year and next year, going forward. All the innovation coming from all those companies will dwarf what’s coming from that one company that isn’t participating."