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Category: Adobe
December 17, 2008 at 2:12 PM

WSJ reviews competition between Microsoft and Adobe

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.

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December 3, 2008 at 2:04 PM

Adobe cutting 600 jobs globally, revising revenue forecast downward

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.”

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October 13, 2008 at 9:04 AM

Microsoft releases Silverlight 2, says one in four ‘has access’ to plug-in

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.”

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March 17, 2008 at 7:35 AM

Microsoft Windows Mobile phones to get Adobe Flash Lite video platform

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.

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March 10, 2008 at 5:15 PM

Plenty of former Microsoft employees work at Adobe, too

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.

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