Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Oct 2010 21:32 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y Well, this is interesting. The New York Times caught wind of a special and secret meeting between Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer and Adobe's frontman Shantanu Narayen. They claim the entire talk was dedicated to the fight against Apple, and one of the options discussed was... Microsoft acquiring Adobe.
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by robco74 on Thu 7th Oct 2010 23:21 UTC
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I think this is desperation on the part of two companies who have failed to come up with anything really innovative in the last decade, are being carried through mostly by momentum and have both missed the boat on where technology is heading. Adobe milked Postscript in the 80s, Photoshop in the 90s and is trying the same with Flash. Microsoft missed the internet "fad" and has been trying to catch up ever since. We get reheated versions of Office every few years that add bells and whistles, but little else. Same with Adobe products. They do just enough to keep the upgrade cycle moving so the cash cow gives a little more milk. Even Win7 is missing many of the major features that were supposed to be in Vista.

Both have flopped when it's come to mobile (we'll see how well WinMo 7 does, but I'm not holding my breath). They didn't see the signs and missed out. Now they're trying to regain their lost glory. Neither one of them can stand the fact that there's a market that exists where they aren't the dominant player. Maybe they should merge, they can sink together.

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