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Adobe: We’re Done With You Too, Apple

Adobe’s (ADBE) gotten the final word in the company’s battle of rhetoric with Apple (AAPL) over Flash — though it’s not much of one, really. In brief response to Steve Jobs’ 1,700 word condemnation of Flash, Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch shrugged off Jobs’ criticisms, saying the company has already given up on Apple in favor of its mobile rivals

“We feel confident that were Apple and Adobe to work together as we are with a number of other partners, we could provide a terrific experience with Flash on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch,” Lynch wrote in a blog post entitled Moving Forward. “However, as we posted last week, given the legal terms Apple has imposed on developers, we have already decided to shift our focus away from Apple devices for both Flash Player and AIR. We are working to bring Flash Player and AIR to all the other major participants in the mobile ecosystem, including Google, RIM, Palm (soon to be HP), Microsoft, Nokia and others.”

Lynch here is reiterating a message first delivered last week by Mike Chambers, Adobe’s principal product manager for the Flash platform, though without the vitriol. He doesn’t accuse Apple of hamstringing developers and limiting content publishers; He says only that Adobe is moving on. Which is for the best, really, because this battle of rhetoric was growing tiresome and Adobe has far more important business at hand now that its lot has been cast. As Steve Jobs suggested in his Thursday missive, “Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.”