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Krissi Danielson

Adobe Comments on Web 2.0 and Hosted Software

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Adobe has been in a number of SaaS headlines over the past few months as the company boosts its on-demand software efforts. In an interview with IDG News Service, posted on InfoWorld Netherlands, Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen commented on Adobe's Web 2.0 intentions.

Chizen pointed out in the interview that Adobe plans to create hybrid applications that offer hosted functionality for things like sharing but also take advantage of the desktop, but he predicted a minimum of five years before a full-featured application such as Photoshop could be delivered online because of the limitations of broadband. But Adobe's plans sound similar to Microsoft's in that the immediate future sounds a lot like "Software plus Services" by having built-in services available from a desktop-installed application.

Chizen also commented on Microsoft's plan to deliver video and graphics on the Web similarly to Flash, and predicted that Microsoft would take a long time to catch up to Flash. Read more of the interview here.

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