by Anton Shilov
10/08/2010 | 06:58 PM
The chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp. recently met with the head of Adobe to discuss the future of operations. Among other things, it is rumored, was a merger between Adobe and Microsoft.
According to the New York Times, the meeting, which lasted more than an hour, covered a number of topics, but one of the main points of the discussion was Apple and its "control" of the mobile phone market and how Adobe and Microsoft team up in the battle against Apple. A possible acquisition of Adobe by Microsoft were among the options, the news-story says.
"Adobe and Microsoft share millions of customers around the world and the CEO’s of the two companies do meet from time to time. However, we do not publicly comment on the timing or topics of their private meetings," said Holly Campbell, senior director of Adobe’s corporate communications.
It is logical to say that a potential merger between Microsoft and Adobe will not create a strategically inflection point that would catalyze everyone to jump onto the Windows 7 Phone and/or Windows 7 platforms. Naturally, the collaboration will enable flawless work of Flash and Windows. But there should be many more things in the consideration. For example, Microsoft obviously does not want to let Adobe to be a part of Google.
“There’s not a question that the atmospherics of Microsoft are much more different that they were a decade ago. I think you could imagine Microsoft being a more aggressive purchaser in a world where they are no longer an 800-pound gorilla," said Randal C. Picker, a professor of law of the University of Chicago.