Microsoft Corp joined archrival Apple Inc in criticizing Adobe Systems Inc's widely used Flash multimedia software, creating a rare bond among the two computing giants. Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs sharply criticized Flash, which is used to produce videos and games for many Internet sites on Thursday. Apple has banned Flash from its iPhone and iPad. Jobs said in his open letter that it is time for the industry to move beyond Flash. “Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs,” he said. “But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards — all areas where Flash falls short.”
A Microsoft executive pitched in later that day, saying while the ubiquity of Flash makes it easy for consumers to access video on the web, the standard has flaws. “Flash does have some issues, particularly around reliability, security and performance,” said Dean Hachamovitch, general manager for the Internet Explorer browser. He said that Microsoft is backing the same protocols for delivering multimedia content over the Web that Apple is promoting, a group of standards known as HTML5.