Close

Adobe and Microsoft plot against Steve Jobs

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on whatsapp
Adobe and Microsoft plot against Steve Jobs

Steve Ballmer (Microsoft) and Shantanu Narayen (Adobe) recently held a top-secret meeting about unseating Steve Jobs from his gilded throne of mobile domination.

The meeting – which lasted an hour – covered “a number” of topics, but reportedly focused on various ways to more effectively compete against Apple in the smartphone and tablet markets.

According to the New York Times, a possible acquisition of Adobe by Redmond was amongst the various options floated and discussed.

“One person familiar with the [talks] said the two [spoke] about the blockade that Steve Jobs had placed on Flash for its hand-held devices – and whether a partnership by Adobe and Microsoft could fend off Apple,” wrote Nick Bilton of the NYT.

“Another person with knowledge of the talks explained that [MS] had courted Adobe several years ago – but the deal never moved past informal talks as [Redmond] feared the DoJ would most likely block the acquisition on antitrust grounds.”

Nevertheless, Randal C. Picker, a law professor at the University of Chicago, told the NYT that the technology landscape had “drastically” changed – which could mean that such an acquisition or partnership would win a green light from antitrust officials.

“There’s not a question that the atmospherics of Microsoft are much more different that they were a decade ago,” said Picker. 

“[And] I [certainly] think you could imagine Microsoft being a more aggressive purchaser in a world where they are no longer an 800-pound gorilla.”