Tech Culture: Adobe sounds off on transition to Web apps
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Tech Culture: Adobe sounds off on transition to Web apps

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From the Max 2007 conference in Chicago: CNET News.com's Martin LaMonica talks with Adobe Chief Architect Kevin Lynch about the company's shift into Web applications.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:02 >> I'm here speaking with Kevin Lynch, chief software architect of Adobe Systems at Max, 2007. So just give us an idea of where you're going with Services and how you intend to make money on it. >> Sure. Well, Services is a new area for Adobe, we've been doing some services for a while, like the Connect service that enables people to collaborate. What we're working on, though, now, is a number of new services for designers and developers. So Share Data, for example, is a way to store documents you're working on, collaborate with other people. And that's a gigabyte of free space, it's a free service, and we're also providing APIs so you can build your own regenerative applications around that service. And we think that's going to be kind of a foundation service for us, a lot of other services and tools will work with that. Buzz Words [assumed spelling] , of course, can be one of the first applications that we work at hooking up to Share so you can work on documents on Share or you can work on locally. Also, we're working on what we see as some enabling services for collaboration applications. So voice is a really important technology for, of course, communicating with somebody else live, and so we're working on embedding voice capability, you know, into the clients on the Web so that you can actually build regenerative apps that have extremely high quality voice communication. And that's what we're [Inaudible] -- and the second one is a service to enable rich collaborations of screen sharing, white boarding, seeing somebody else's video inside your application. We've built that right now in the connect application, in the hosted service with Connect. We're now breaking that up into pieces enabling developers to make any sort of collaborative app they want and take advantage of Adobe's existing collaboration infrastructure to run those applications. So it's very fast to develop them with Flex and then they can run right away, using the [Inaudible] -- >> These are Web applications that run on the desktop. Does this make the operating system less important, Air [assumed spelling], where do you think it's going to go? >> Well, I think what we're seeing is a big shift to the Web for application development. And Air is basically enabling that major trend to the Web to kind of come full-circle back to the desktop again. And so we're basically betting on this move to the Web and we're seeing all kinds of application development go that way already.

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