The New York Times is reporting that the CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer, and the CEO of Adobe, Shantanu Narayen, met up for a secret meeting discussing tactics to take down Apple as the leader in the mobile phone market.
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.
The source claims that Microsoft is looking to acquire Adobe, but considering how Apple just flat-out doesn’t want Flash on iOS (in its current buggy state, at least), I fail to see how this plan would significantly effect Apple. Even if the partnership would allow Windows Phone 7 to have baked-in Flash goodness, it would do little to entice users to switch to the platform – considering the rise in HTML5 webapps and video.
The fact that the two tech giants met up shows that they are very worried about Apple’s current power-position, and are willing to do something radical to stop them. What does this mean for end users? That both sides will be creating better, more advanced, and innovative products in attempt to best each other. A win-win situation.