Microsoft boss silent on possible Adobe acquisition

Oct 08, 2010
US Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer gestures as he delivers a speech during an economic forum in Madrid. Ballmer refused to comment when asked if the titan was interested in buying US software maker Adobe.

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer refused to comment Friday when asked if the titan was interested in buying US software maker Adobe.

Ballmer was quizzed about a New York Times report that he had secretly discussed with Adobe possibly partnering with or even purchasing the firm so as to combine forces against .

"No comment," the Microsoft boss said when asked about the possible purchase at a business conference in Madrid.

"We have got a bunch of CEOs in the audience. Does anybody ever comment?" Ballmer asked the conference.

"If you are are going to do something, you say nothing. So I will be entirely consistent with standard operating procedures."

Adobe shares closed up 11.5 percent on Thursday at 28.69 dollars after the New York Times reported that Ballmer held a secret meeting recently with Adobe chief executive Shantanu Narayen.

"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," the paper said. A possible acquisition of Adobe by Microsoft was among the options, it said.

Adobe and Apple have been involved in a public spat over Apple's refusal to allow the use of Adobe's Flash video software on the , iPod Touch and Pad.

The New York Times quoted a "person with knowledge of past talks between the two companies" as saying has courted several years ago about a possible acquisition but backed away amid antitrust concerns.

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ArcainOne
not rated yet Oct 08, 2010
As an Artist/Programmer with an MSDN License my response to this is "Sweet! Now I get free Adobe products." However the other part feels this is a bit frightening. This would practically double Microsoft Domain and give them complete control of all Rich Internet Applications (Shockwave, Flash, and Silverlight). One of the biggest reasons I was a supporter for Silverlight was because finally Adobe had competition in this area... So the selfish part of me wants this to happen, while the altruistic part of me is against it.
dollymop
not rated yet Oct 08, 2010
love Adobe - can't stand Microsoft. It would be very depressing if MS ruined Adobe's products for Mac users.
LuckyBrandon
1 / 5 (2) Oct 08, 2010
well considering MAC is nearly useless in the business world (which btw is why they are trying to dominate the phone world, which they will have their as*es handed to them very soon)....yea...
Anyways it wouldn't ruin it for MAC....obviously adobe isn't a fan of apple, or they would have jumped on the iphone bandwagon.

So out of curiosity, did you simply jump on a "microsoft hater" bandwagon there? if you had any technical knowledge of how system internals work, you wouldn't be on that bandwagon...you'd be able to tell the difference yourself via debugs of processes, etc. Apple, like Google, can't touch Microsoft in the area of computer operating systems.
gmurphy
1 / 5 (1) Oct 09, 2010
@LuckyBrandon, "Apple, like Google, can't touch Microsoft in the area of computer operating systems.",

One word: Vista.
LuckyBrandon
1 / 5 (1) Oct 10, 2010
um yea, vista was replaced by windows 7. vista was simply rushed to the market too fast. and you cant take one operating system, that IF you had compatible hardware, ran great btw, and put a label on all the operating systems. its only weakness was hardware compatibility, and that was fixed in windows 7. free upgrades from vista to 7 were even allowed for a time....
the fact is, the computing industry would be NOWHERE near where it is without Microsoft. we would all still be using colecovisions's because nobody decided to raise the bar.