Adobe has quashed rumours that it will create an office productivity suite to rival Microsoft Office.
Mike Downey, Adobe’s group manager for platform evangelism, hinted on Wednesday that the company might be about to develop such software.
Downey clarified the situation in an interview with ZDNet.co.uk’s sister site CNET News.com on Friday. He said that Adobe would focus primarily on providing its development platform, AIR, rather than creating online Office-style applications.
AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime) would allow start-up companies to develop their own web-based applications which could rival Microsoft Office.
Adobe’s Flash Player is widely used on the web, and AIR lets web developers create desktop applications.
“Our primary focus is building a platform that allows developers to build great web-based applications,” Downey said. “AIR is the ideal platform for building these types of web applications that are robust and powerful.”
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