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 poundsmack on Thu 7th Oct 2010 21:39 UTC
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Member since:
2005-07-13

it's an unprecedented rumor. The only strategic value for MS acquiring adobe would be to kill flash in favor of silver light. but then MS is the paladin of Apple in the holy war that Jobs started...

All in all, while there are lots of reasons MS 'could' buy Adobe none of them are plausible enough to justify it... a rumor, nothing more.

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RE: nope
by tweakedenigma on Thu 7th Oct 2010 21:42 in reply to "nope"
tweakedenigma Member since:
2006-12-27

I would have to agree. Adobe has little to offer MS right now, other then the opportunity to kill flash.

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RE[2]: nope
by Kroc on Thu 7th Oct 2010 21:48 in reply to "RE: nope"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Dominance of the creative market is ‘not much’? Imagine either Microsoft, or Apple, buying Adobe and killing support for the other platform.

I wish either of them would hurry up and buy Adobe, there’s no way their software could get any worse!

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RE: nope
by Mellin on Thu 7th Oct 2010 21:57 in reply to "nope"
Mellin Member since:
2005-07-06

killing flash wouldn't make microsoft moonlight a favorite for Linux users and google wouldn't switch to silverlight on youtube

Edited 2010-10-07 21:58 UTC

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RE[2]: nope
by lemur2 on Thu 7th Oct 2010 23:00 in reply to "RE: nope"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

killing flash wouldn't make microsoft moonlight a favorite for Linux users and google wouldn't switch to silverlight on youtube


Agreed. Killing Flash would simply accelerate the rise to prominence of standards for rich content, namely HMTL5/CSS/Fast ECMAscript/SVG.

YouTube would simly switch to HTML5/WebM, offer a WebM code for IE9 users to install, and advise other IE users to install either Chrome or maybe even Firefox/Opera.

YouTube already has encoded to WebM over one million of its most popular videos.

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RE[2]: nope
by 0brad0 on Thu 7th Oct 2010 23:42 in reply to "RE: nope"
0brad0 Member since:
2007-05-05

killing flash wouldn't make microsoft moonlight a favorite for Linux users and google wouldn't switch to silverlight on youtube


They're both awful and need to die.

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RE: nope
by OSGuy on Fri 8th Oct 2010 09:28 in reply to "nope"
OSGuy Member since:
2006-01-01

Hmmm considering what they are doing with Yahoo!, I won't be surprised.

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