Like a dog with a bone
Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen was on hand to talk to attendees at the Web 2.0 summit this week, and unsurprisingly, he couldn't help but stoke the flames of the company's tiff with Apple.
Despite claiming to have moved past the ongoing row over Flash, Narayen threw down the gauntlet once again. "Anyone who wants to design for a multiplatform world is our customer," he said. "Apple would like to keep it closed and proprietary. Well, let the games begin".
However, the CEO was quick to try and downplay the significance of the competition between Flash and HTML5, adding that his company was "all about creating the best tools [for both]. It's really described in a narrow way [in the media]".
He added that "it's all about how you control content on the Web. Apple has their view. To a large extent, the media doesn't want to let it go".
Unsurprisingly, Narayen was adamant that Flash would continue to play an important role, noting that "Flash has changed the world. When you change the world with what you deliver, you'll have fans and supporters - and you'll have your detractors. We have to continue to innovate, and we will."
He also addressed the recent stir over Flash reducing the battery life of the MacBook Air. Instead of completely denying blame, he responded to questions from Engadget by saying that the software just hadn't been optimised for the platform and that a tweaked beta was currently in testing. Of course, he also hinted that the delay was, in fact, Apple's fault for not supplying the company's developers with the laptop prior to release.
Perhaps Narayen isn't quite ready to 'move on' after all.