Microsoft-Adobe talks related to Flash, not a takeover

Microsoft-Adobe talks related to Flash, not a takeover
After Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen concluded a meeting between the two high-level executives, rumors started flowing about a Microsoft buyout of Adobe. Those close to the situation doubt that a deal is in progress. Usually, takeover talks are conducted without bright lights all over them, and are rarely discussed between the top executives of both firms without a third party getting involved.

Instead, those with knowledge of the meeting said that Ballmer and Narayen had met to discuss gaining support for Adobe's Flash on the new Windows Phone 7 OS. With Apple CEO Steve Jobs complaining that Flash is responsible for poor battery life, crashes and sluggish performance, Adobe now has a chance to draw a sharp line between those platforms that support its software, and those that don't. To that end, Narayen might now have added Windows Phone 7 and webOS to the "support" side of the equation.

While a Microsoft-Adobe deal seems unlikely, some analysts are touting Google as a possible acquirer of the software company. The Mountain View based firm has supported Flash on Android, Google T.V. and on its Chrome browser.

source: electronista

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