Adobe CEO Shantan Narayen today publicly denied many of the allegations made by Apple CEO Steve Jobs regarding Flash. Narayen was responding to Jobs’ open letter posted earlier today that lambasted Adobe’s Flash platform as a closed system unfit to run on Apple products.
Narayen spoke to The Wall Street Journal in a short interview that was live-blogged on the Journal’s website.
According to the blog, Narayen was dismissive when asked what Adobe had done to deserve Jobs’ latest pointed criticisms. Narayan said that Adobe remained true to the philosophy that multiple operating systems are imperative for a healthy ecosystem. He cited Adobe’s work to make its popular suite of creative products available across PC and Mac as an example of Adobe’s beliefs.
In his letter, Jobs asserted that Flash was the No. 1 reason for crashes on Macs, a notion Narayen turned on its head. He proposed that such crashes actually have something “to do with the Apple operating system.”
Narayen also said that Jobs’ claims that Flash drains the battery life of its mobile devices, such as the iPhone and iPod touch, to be “patently false.”
Narayan concluded the interview by saying that in the end, customers will have the final say, adding that the multi-platform world will eventually prevail.