Application Development: Microsoft Shouldn't Buy Adobe: 10 Reasons Why

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2010-10-10 Print this article Print
Microsoft Shouldn't Buy Adobe: 10 Reasons Why

Microsoft Shouldn't Buy Adobe: 10 Reasons Why

by Don Reisinger
The acquisition craze of 2010 might not be over just yet. According to reports, Microsoft might be close to putting in an acquisition bid for Adobe. The reports say that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer recently met with Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen for what reporters are calling a "secret meeting." Exactly what the executives discussed at those meetings is unknown, but speculation abounds that the firms were discussing Microsoft acquiring Adobe. So far, neither Microsoft nor Adobe have discussed such a possibility. But if anything is certain, it's that Microsoft shouldn't even entertain an Adobe acquisition. On far too many levels, it makes no sense. And it would further the feeling that Microsoft is clinging to the past as its competition continues to seek new ways to appeal to customers. Read on to find out why Microsoft shouldn't buy Adobe.
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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