Microsoft and Adobe discuss how to defeat Apple’s iOS platform; Microsoft to acquire Adobe?

“According to a New York Times Bits blog report, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen met recently to discuss joint strategies to defeat Apple’s iOS platform. The story said a merger of the two companies was discussed,” David Morgenstern reports for ZDNet.

MacDailyNews Take: A meeting of the behinds.

Morgenstern wonders, “How can our confidence in Microsoft and Adobe be strong – together or on their lonesome – when it appears that they lack the competence to hold secret meetings? That’s another thing that Apple certainly does right: the cone of silence. If you can’t get that right, how will they perfect a coherent Web platform strategy and/or technology that will work successfully without killing battery performance mobile devices.”

Morgenstern writes, “Another related question: Is Apple the only mobile system vendor that seems to understand that when the battery is dead, all performance stops? That seems to be where Microsoft and Adobe should start their discussion.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]

76 Comments

  1. @Q: or simply keep doing their job in building a modern platform and growing an interested developer base: witness Pixelmator on the App Store.

    MDN Magic Word: “stay”
    May Steve Ballmer STAY for etc etc…

  2. Merging the two messes that are Adobe and Microsoft should safely buy Apple another decade.

    On the other hand, now that we know banishing Flash is a quick way to get another 20-30% out of a notebook battery, how long until The Man From Redmond kills it from the MS Windows bundle?

  3. Here’s a deeper thought:

    “How can our confidence in Microsoft and Adobe be strong” when their idea of COMPETITION is to ‘defeat’ superior technology? What happened to bettering superior technology? How about benefitting the computer community rather than hobbling it with your crapware?

    I wish these two pathetic lame-brain companies would merge and speed their mutual demise. Two dunderheads are more self-destructive than one.
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  4. This does not bode well for professional photographers that need the features. As much of a mess Photoshop maybe, it’s ability to allow me to create composite images is not matched by Aperture or Pixelmator or Gimp. I’m sorry this will screw me and a bunch of other photographers that would prefer to stay with Macs.

  5. This does not bode well for professional photographers that need the features. As much of a mess Photoshop maybe, it’s ability to allow me to create composite images is not matched by Aperture or Pixelmator or Gimp. I’m sorry this will screw me and a bunch of other photographers that would prefer to stay with Macs.

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    You’re assuming that if Microsoft acquired Adobe that they would stop selling Photoshop for Mac, which is doubtful as Mac users account for about 50% of Photoshop sales..

    Microsoft still sells office for Mac, right?

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