Apple poaches Adobe’s technology chief

APPLE has poached a senior executive from software company Adobe to help lead its technology development.

Kevin Lynch, Adobe’s chief technology officer, will become vice president of technology at Apple when he leaves his current post on 22 March.

The move suggests that Apple will make a renewed push into cloud computing, a service which stores files and runs programs over the internet. Lynch is credited with driving Adobe’s Creative Cloud, the online version of the company’s popular editing programs such as Photoshop.

Apple has faced criticism for its own cloud services and is rumoured to be expanding its music service into a subscription offering similar to Spotify. Google, Microsoft and other large technology firms have also made big pushes into cloud computing in the past two years.

Lynch has criticised Apple in the past over its late chief executive Steve Jobs’ refusal to allow Adobe’s flash software to run on the iPhone when it launched in 2007.

Last night, Adobe beat forecasts by posting quarterly revenues of $1bn (£662m).