Ebbesen writes: Ballmer had a meeting with the CEO of Adobe, and among other things: "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." Apparently MS has courted Adobe previously, but feared anti-trust regulations. With Google and Apple gaining, Microdobe might be possible.
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cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup." - H.L. Mencken