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Adobe Photoshop May Possibly Become Microsoft Photoshop

The Internet was abuzz yesterday due to a secret meeting at Adobe’s offices between the head honchos of Microsoft (Steve Ballmer) and Adobe (Shantanu Narayen). The New York Times reports:

The meeting, which lasted more than 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 team up in the battle against Apple. A possible acquisition of Adobe by Microsoft were among the options.

Whoa. Acquisition. That’s a pretty deal. So big, in fact, that the rumor drove Adobe’s stock price up 11.5% yesterday, adding about $1.5 billion to their market cap.

In addition to Photoshop, the acquisition would also net Adobe Flash (formerly Macromedia Flash), possibly turning it into Microsoft Flash. Now that would be pretty mind-boggling.

What do you think of the possible acquisition? Would Microsoft be a good company to develop Photoshop?

What Did Microsoft and Adobe Chiefs Talk About? (via Mashable)


 
 
  • Jp Vasquez

    NO WAY DUDE!!! STEVE BALLMER IS AN ASSHOLE!!! HE DONT KNOW SHIT!

  • http://twitter.com/jnskyliner34 Justin Javellana

    OH NO! PAPERCLIP!

    “it looks like you’re trying add a drop shadow, would you like some help with that?”

  • Karunyan

    Hm. Did anyone here think beyond the immediate implications of such an acquisition?
    Obviously products like Photoshop or Illustrator would -from a Microsoft point of view- be a nice thing to own and develop, but they’d hardly need to do anything for that if they actually acquire Adobe. There already IS a team for each of these products, an acquisition would most likeley not affect the current development process all that much; it’s hugely expensive to replace a working development team, not to mention extremely time consuming and, generally, useless.
    What I’d be far more concerned about are the implications of Microsoft acquiring the only webbased standard they haven’t monopolized yet: Flash. Sure, they have Silverlight, but that’s hardly up to par adoption-wise. Were Microsoft to actually get their hands on Flash (and everything that comes with it), they’d effectively control the way the user sees the web.
    It would seem like a sound move too; what whith IE dropping below the 50% market share in the ongoing browserwar for the first time and Microsoft steadily losing ground in a lot of webbased activities (to Google mostly, but also to Adobe, Apple and even the W3C in a way) they’d be in a very strong position indeed if they controlled one of the major standards in rich webcontent (although not technically a standard, Flash is pretty much omnipresent on the web today).

    Personally, I’m far more concerned by the implications of this than their taking over a product they would have a mostly financial interest in. Looking at Microsoft’s past, they’ve done the same thing to acquire their standing with Office (Excel, most notably). They took their time and listened to the original developers quite well, resulting in a product which actually works quite well and has earned it’s position at the top of the food chain over quite a few years.
    Doesn’t change the fact that it wasn’t theirs to begin with though ;)

    For the record: I am a software engineer who’s worked on quite a lot of projects on many different platforms (including Windows, OS X and many *NIX derivatives). I work on mostly webbased products now, and as such, I’d rather see the web being improved by some healthy competition between companies than to see Microsoft control it all over again. We’ve seen it happen before (when they killed Netscape), very little good came from that.
    So let’s just hope that such a merger doesn’t take place, because wether you enjoy working on a PC or a Mac, and whatever your choice of OS, if this goes through, we’ll all be working with a web that’ll be governed by a company that has a track record of not listening to their users very well, and fixing problems years after they occur =(

  • Email

    kill me.
    kill me now.
    its like THE END OF WORLD.
    can i have a freaking software that works that microsoft HAS to buy it and kill it?

    let things the way they are. please.

  • dapple

    Hopefully. However I can’t understand why everyone on here thinks that everybody at Adobe will be fired and Microsoft will take over the whole development with its own developers. Microsoft is one of the best software developers in the world. I can’t see how Microsoft would ruin Photoshop or any other Adobe product, even if they really fired all previous Photoshop developers.

  • dapple

    Yeah, Google would be perfect, because they are so good and experienced in software-development. Just think about Picasa; this would be so great combined with Photoshop. lol

    Google is a web developer and therefore not really a good option. Surely not better than Microsoft.

  • dapple

    Why is that, Mr. Applefanboy?

  • dapple

    Complain about a feature which can be disabled with one click. How clever.

  • Nate

    I don’t get it. How is that NYT quote even saying ANYTHING about Microsoft acquiring Adobe. They were talking about the future of Flash on Windows Mobile 7 and how they can compete with the iPhone, which, obviously, lacks Flash support. It wouldn’t surprise me if Adobe meets with Google about Flash on the Android platform. This article is extremely speculative and in poor taste.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tero-Ahlfors/646327487 Tero Ahlfors

    Final Cut Studio is lagging behind and the lack for blu-ray support in Mac OS is pretty weak.

  • http://twitter.com/negativefeeling Risk

    I don’t mind WHO is going to develop or purchase or whatever Adobe’s software, as long as it strengthens the software instead of making it (more) prohibitive to current users. If it happens that microsoft’s getting adobe, well, let them. As long as the quality keeps increasing, and other OS can use it (don’t we have microsoft office for Mac?) i don’t mind.
    I use Mac at home, and PC at work and I decide what is good for me. If Photoshop or InDesign work for me, and keep working for me in the future I will get it, and use it.
    If it doesnt work for me anymore, I’ll switch to any other tool that gives me what I’m looking for, no big deal.

  • Supercalvo

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO

  • Danudin

    Adobe is pretty AWEFUL, but for God’s sake don’t let Microsoft grab it, it will be a disaster!

  • Fastactingrelief

    If they do this, they better be prepared to throw A LOT OF MONEY AND TIME at it, or I will just continue using CS5 till I have to switch to gimp.

  • Eduardo

    Just imagine…. The Next version will be Photoshop XP, and the 7 years later we get Photoshop Vista… But that wouldn’t work with all the plugins and filters, so they would scrape it and come up with Photoshop 7 and it will be awesome, because it will only sync with windows 7 phones…

  • Ues

    yes and that person would need constant support or upgrades.

  • Jayden

    i think the acquisition is true and we are been receiving reports that the call center that handles adobe customer service are receiving visitors from high ranking official from microsoft…but no confirmation yet….

  • Dave

    I agree – stuff MS – they have their sticky paws all over the PC world – that’s why I love Macintosh. MS KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF!!!

  • Nwebsolution

    it is good to do have true acquisition in the field of the acquisition,thanks.

  • Kill Star

    If MS buys Adobe what will Apple do?? what the hell can you do with a MAC? if no adobe? Oh wait yeah! hahaha!! I forget they have so many apps, they can play with them all day!, something very productive…..hahaha!!!!

  • Kill Star

    MAC are for followers PC are for Leaders, this deal would be awesome people wake up!!

  • Syamnutalapati

    i cant