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Microsoft and Adobe CEOs Talk About ‘Acquisition or Partnership’?

The New York Times is reporting that Steve Ballmer Microsoft’s CEO, recently showed up with a small entourage of deputies hold a secret meeting with Adobe’s CEO, Shantanu Narayen. The meeting, 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.

Microsoft said it doesn’t “comment on rumors/speculation.”

NYT quotes: “Another person with knowledge of past talks between the two companies explained that Microsoft has courted Adobe several years ago with possible acquisition discussions. But the deal never moved past informal talks as Microsoft feared that United States Department of Justice would likely block the deal on antitrust grounds.

This person noted that back then Microsoft was the dominant force in technology and Google and Apple weren’t the giants they’re today.”


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