Celebrating a special milestone: 10 things you might not know about Adobe’s 40 years of innovation

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Over the past four decades, our innovations have touched billions of people across the globe and empowered them to be inspired, create, and share their stories with the world. As we celebrate our 40th anniversary, we have the incredible opportunity to reflect on some of the most seminal moments of the company, customers and community over this time.

We could not be prouder of the impact our technologies have on every aspect of society. From investing in desktop publishing to revolutionizing imaging and design to pioneering electronic documents to advancing animation, gaming and video to leading 3D, digital marketing and commerce and now with Adobe Express, everyone from small businesses to solopreneurs to students can easily and quickly design anything. We have continued to empower everyone, everywhere to imagine, create and bring any digital experience to life.

At Adobe, we believe that it is not just what you do, but how you do it that matters. Over the years, we are proud to have served a breadth of customers all around the world — from students, to consumers, communicators, creative professionals, small business owners and the world’s largest enterprises — to help them further their mission and make an impact. It’s through partnerships like Florida A&M University, who have utilized our software to transform their curriculum to teach creative and digital literacy skills across disciplines, or through our work with the National Center for Missing Exploited Children (NCMEC) in forensic analysis on imagery and videos, and through our dedicated efforts with Save the Children UK, helping to fuel its digital content creation, marketing and donor experiences — we are proud to have played a pivotal role supporting our customers and communities.

Our founders, John Warnock and Charles Geschke maintained that “great ideas come from everywhere in the company.” This philosophy still rings true. Through our innovation we have empowered billions of people to change the world in big and small ways, inside and outside the company.

Join us as we reflect on 40 years, as we go down memory lane to celebrate some of the special moments that made Adobe who we are today.

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Igniting the next generation of technology and digital experiences

At Adobe, our experience and success doesn’t define us, it only encourages us to continue to innovate in the face of an unpredictable and ever-changing world.

We have always been committed to building a company that does the right thing by focusing on people, purpose and community. These core set of values and tremendous global impacts are what has guided our evolution and growth and what continues to inspire our over 27,000 employees around the world to focus on having more impact and inventing the future.

Our 40 years of experience makes us more qualified to help those who are changing the world through digital experiences. We’re so honored to have been on this journey and look forward to what the next 40 have in store — happy birthday Adobe!