Well well well, what do we have here. Adobe and Microsoft joining forces perhaps? The New York Times reports:
Steven A. Ballmer, Microsoft’s chief executive, recently showed up with a small entourage of deputies at Adobe’s corporate offices in San Francisco to hold a secret meeting with Adobe’s chief executive, Shantanu Narayen.
The meeting, which lasted over 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 partner in the battle against Apple. A possible acquisition of Adobe by Microsoft were among the options.
Interesting stuff, but just another example of companies failing to successfully take on Apple by focusing more so on what Apple’s doing than on their own initiatives.
With Microsoft now but a vestige of the smartphone player it once was, Windows Phone 7 is Redmond’s last ditch effort to stay somewhat relevant in a market now dominated by RIM, Apple, and Google. That said, how a Microsoft/Adobe partnership, or even acquisition, might help battle Apple is beyond me. If anything, the fact that these two tech titans are even huddling together to discuss how to find off the growing influence of Apple merely serves to underscore a) how quickly Apple has taken the smartphone market by storm b) how scared both companies are of Apple and Steve Jobs and c) how ill-prepared each company is to realistically take on Apple one-on-one.