Microsoft acquisition of Adobe mooted

A possible Microsoft acquisition of Adobe Systems, long a rival in the desktop software business, was among ideas for closer co-operation raised informally at a recent meeting between the chief executives of the two companies, according to a person familiar with the talks.The suggestion, arising from a broader discussion about whether the two companies should ally against Apple, highlights Microsoft’s willingness to consider more radical tactics as it tries to counter Apple’s success with the iPhone and iPad. see:What Did Microsoft and Adobe Chiefs Talk About?
Steven A. Ballmer, Microsoft’s chief executive, recently showed up with a small entourage of deputies at Adobe’s offices to hold a secret meeting with Adobe’s chief executive, Shantanu Narayen.The meeting, which lasted more than 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 team up in the battle against Apple. A possible acquisition of Adobe by Microsoft were among the options.

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