Just a quick anecdote on the Apple-Adobe confrontation that just blew up recently when Steve Jobs took his disparaging remarks about Flash to a new level. I am a huge Apple fan, but the company’s decision to exclude Flash is not so cool.
The other day, someone emailed me and several other people a link to a Wall Street Journal video. In the video Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen speaks with Alan Murray about Steve Jobs’ remarks and the ongoing rivalry between Apple and Adobe. It’s a good video and you should watch it.
Immediately, one of the other recipients of the email responded by saying he tried to watch the video on his iPad, but couldn’t because it required Flash.
Moral of the story: closed system=smaller audience (ahem, Amazon Kindle…)