Adobe now deny looking into office tools

August 21, 2007

I blogged the other day about Adobe looking into using it’s AIR platform to create an on/offline office suite of tools. Adobe have now come out to deny this.

Last week Mike Downey, Adobe’s group manager for platform evangelism, hinted the company might be about to develop such software.

Downey clarified the situation in an interview. He said Adobe would focus primarily on providing its development platform, AIR, rather than creating online Office-style applications.

Downey said: “Our primary focus is building a platform that allows developers to build great web-based applications. AIR is the ideal platform for building these types of web applications that are robust and powerful.”

Shame I think, Adobe have always made great apps and AIR is the perfect platform to create a real on/offline experience for the office tools user. I think they should go for it, innovation and experimentation never hurts (just look at Google).

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