Microsoft’s Ballmer meets with Adobe CEO to discuss Apple – and possible buyout

“Steven A. Ballmer, Microsoft’s chief executive, recently showed up with a small entourage of deputies at Adobe’s corporate offices in San Francisco to hold a secret meeting with Adobe’s chief executive, Shantanu Narayen,” Nick Bilton reports for The New York Times.

MacDailyNews Take: It was like Comic-Con: Dancing Monkey Boy meets The Great Shantzoo.

Bilton reports, “The meeting, which lasted over an hour, covered a number of topics, but one of the main thrusts of the discussion was Apple and its control of the mobile phone market and how the two companies could partner in the battle against Apple. A possible acquisition of Adobe by Microsoft were [sic] among the options.”

MacDailyNews Take: Microbe. A bacterium that causes disease.

Bilton reports, “The New York Times learned about these meetings through employees and consultants to the companies who were involved in the discussions that took place or familiar with their organization, all of whom asked not to be identified as they are unauthorized to speak publicly by Microsoft or Adobe… One person familiar with the discussion said the two companies had talked about the blockade Steven P. Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, had placed on Adobe’s Flash software for its handheld devices and if a partnership by Adobe and Microsoft could fend off Apple, which continues to grow at juggernaut speeds.”

MacDailyNews Take: No, a partnership of bloatosaurs could not “fend off” Apple, but it might piss off Apple enough to damage both companies. Believe it or not, the twin bloatopotamuses Office and Photoshop can easily be supplanted as Apple drives the Personal Computing Renaissance. So, thanks so much for the lost decades of The Dark Age of Personal Computing, Microsoft, and thanks for pretty much nothing, Adobe; now both of you can get lost, together or alone.

Bilton continues, “Randal C. Picker, a professor of law of the University of Chicago law school, said in a telephone interview that the technology space is drastically different than it was when Microsoft was originally charged with antitrust violations and an acquisition or partnership of this nature would likely not be halted.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Go for it, Balmy!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “ChrissyOne” for the heads up.]

230 Comments

  1. This would be sooooo awesome. I personally think Apple has not enroached upon Adobe’s graphics software domain, because of a friendly agreement. If this happens that agreement would be shot to hell.

    Could you imagine a true Photoshop or Illustrator alternative from Apple!!

  2. This would be sooooo awesome. I personally think Apple has not enroached upon Adobe’s graphics software domain, because of a friendly agreement. If this happens that agreement would be shot to hell.

    Could you imagine a true Photoshop or Illustrator alternative from Apple!!

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