The Wall Street Journal today published a nice rundown of the battle brewing between Microsoft and Adobe over Web video and animation software, and Web design tools. The story lists the major customer wins each company has notched this year and refers to Microsoft’s willingness to offer lots of extras to get its technology on marquee sites.More
Adobe today announced a restructuring program that will cut 600 full-time positions globally, about 7.8 percent of its work force. We know of at least one person laid off in Seattle today, where the company had 500 employees at last check. The company did not provide specifics, but a spokesperson noted that “the impact is across the board — all regions, business units and/or functional areas are being impacted in some way.”More
Microsoft touted a partnership with Major League Baseball Advanced Media as a major win for its upstart Silverlight Web video platform in spring 2007, but today the company has lost the customer to the dominant online video platform: Adobe Flash.More
As expected, Microsoft announced the release of Silverlight 2, its platform for online media and rich Internet application development. It will be available for download here Tuesday morning. As part of the announcement this morning, Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie said “one in four consumers worldwide has access to a computer with Silverlight already installed.”More
At the end of this post, commenter unkanny points out a blemish on the Microsoft ad campaign in the news this week: “The ad agency goofed when it posted a photo of the ad on the web. Someone checked the metadata. And yep. It was created on a Mac. The next day, the photo’s metadata…More
Yet another Adobe/Macromedia veteran is joining the Microsoft team doing battle with the design and online applications giant.More
Two weeks after Apple CEO Steve Jobs made waves by saying Adobe’s widely used Flash multimedia technology wasn’t up to snuff for the iPhone, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen said Tuesday his company is “committed” to developing a Flash Player for the device.More
You can’t yet watch Flash videos on your iPhone, but soon that capability will be available on Windows Mobile phones.
Adobe announced this morning that Microsoft has licensed its Flash Lite software, the version of the nearly ubiquitous multimedia platform designed for mobile devices. Future Windows Mobile phones will be able to access Flash content in the Internet Explorer Mobile browser.More
Mark Anders, a senior principal scientist at Adobe, read my story today about the former Adobe and Macromedia people who now work on competing products at Microsoft and wanted to point out that “the brainpower flows in both directions.” I mentioned at the end of the story that Anders — who is leading work on Thermo, a new tool for designers building rich Internet applications — came from Microsoft, but there are many more who have followed a similar path. He gave me just a few examples in an email this afternoon.
“I would like to point out that there are a LOT of former Microsoft people here,” Anders wrote.More