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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RE[3]: nope
by poundsmack on Thu 7th Oct 2010 21:53 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: nope"
poundsmack
Member since:
2005-07-13

A lot of adobes products, while admittedly unnecessarily bloated, are actually quite good. I wouldn't want EITHER MS or Apple buying them, Adobe runs the business well and their cross platform support is good. either major OS vendor buying them would surely leverage the purchase to gain an edge and likely kill off the product on the other platform, or just make it suck more and get updates less, you know the usual...

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RE[4]: nope
by n.l.o on Thu 7th Oct 2010 21:58 in reply to "RE[3]: nope"
n.l.o Member since:
2009-09-14

A lot of adobes products, while admittedly unnecessarily bloated, are actually quite good. I wouldn't want EITHER MS or Apple buying them, Adobe runs the business well and their cross platform support is good. either major OS vendor buying them would surely leverage the purchase to gain an edge and likely kill off the product on the other platform, or just make it suck more and get updates less, you know the usual...


Let's all pray for Oracle to buy Adobe! ;)

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RE[5]: nope
by poundsmack on Thu 7th Oct 2010 22:14 in reply to "RE[4]: nope"
poundsmack Member since:
2005-07-13

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Let's all pray for Oracle to buy Adobe! ;)


*shot gun to face sound*

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RE[4]: nope
by Kroc on Thu 7th Oct 2010 22:08 in reply to "RE[3]: nope"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Each page you go through on this site, just keep saying to yourself $1800, $1800, $1800… http://adobegripes.tumblr.com/

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RE[5]: nope
by Neolander on Fri 8th Oct 2010 05:45 in reply to "RE[4]: nope"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Each page you go through on this site, just keep saying to yourself $1800, $1800, $1800… http://adobegripes.tumblr.com/

Well, some years ago, I was in one of those endless PS vs GIMP argument, my point being that its feature set is good enough for most use and that its UI is much more well-thought on many points of view.

Before we started arguing about the feature set, the answer he gave to my gripes about the UI could be translated as this :
"Novice users have a natural tendency to find Adobe's UIs obscure, that's because they don't understand them. Once you're used to them, you understand how every single detail of them is well-tought, allowing efficient operation all the time"

I wonder what he would say about these ones... (myself I had some other examples at the time, which were rather design horrors than bugs)

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RE[5]: nope
by Eddyspeeder on Fri 8th Oct 2010 10:32 in reply to "RE[4]: nope"
Eddyspeeder Member since:
2006-05-10

I could make a similar blog for all the mishaps in Office:Mac. There are errors in there I still can't believe (except when I realize it's from the same company that makes Windows... right it makes sense again). In just a few weeks of working with Office:Mac, I realized I should have gone for OpenOffice or iWork...

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RE[4]: nope
by Almafeta on Thu 7th Oct 2010 23:01 in reply to "RE[3]: nope"
Almafeta Member since:
2007-02-22

A lot of adobes products, while admittedly unnecessarily bloated, are actually quite good.


I'm trying to think of what you could be talking about, and can't figure it out for the life of me. If anything, it might be Photoshop, but even if you counted Photoshop as a good product, it'd still be expensive for Microsoft to buy a company of Adobe's size for just that.

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RE[5]: nope
by poundsmack on Fri 8th Oct 2010 00:39 in reply to "RE[4]: nope"
poundsmack Member since:
2005-07-13

don't forget about Adobe's patent portfolio. Flash holds A LOT of patents that MS could leverage with Silver Light. Or at least it wouldn't be at risk of patent infringment due to reinventing the wheel, so to speak.

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RE[5]: nope
by giffypop17 on Fri 8th Oct 2010 02:20 in reply to "RE[4]: nope"
giffypop17 Member since:
2009-03-09

Though it could certainly use some improvement, Lightroom 3 is actually very good, and there's only one program in it's class that's even competitive.

However, my favorite Adobe program is Acrobat Reader version 5.0. 5.0 absolutely flies on my modern systems, and can still open most PDFs.

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RE[4]: nope
by Stephen! on Fri 8th Oct 2010 15:33 in reply to "RE[3]: nope"
Stephen! Member since:
2007-11-24

A lot of adobes products, while admittedly unnecessarily bloated, are actually quite good.


Given Microsoft's history of bloatware, they'd probably be a good match for each other.

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