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Microsoft to buy Adobe??


Wee Jimmy

Senior Member
#9
Oh god.. why do I sense "Windows Genuine Advantage" for all products :( that is a horrible thought. "If you don't use windows, you can't use the best tools!"
 

Renniks

Senior Member
#10
I don't want microsoft to take over Adobe, or to change the way the adobe things are being made.
Was just commenting on the standard of adobe products vs microsoft ones.

I don't think CS5 is poor at all. Why do you?

I do hope they don't do anything like WGA, I get a pop-up constantly for my windows 7, yet have official windows 7, just can't be bothered to sort it
 

Levi

Moderator
Staff member
#12
Can't personally see adobe being bought out by microsoft, no reason for it.
I doubt that ms would stop apple versions even if they did as they sell office for the mac too.

I'm going to go with the tablet/smartphone market and microsoft wants air/flash on it's devices. Maybe even talking about getting adobe to produce a version of their iOs app conversion software to work with msphone and windows embedded. This would make sense as it would allow developers to use one program to write software for iOS and ms phone/embedded/zune etc - actually surprised google hasn't done this too......

As to silverlight, personally I think it's better than flash for video, it's adaptive streaming capabilities where it adjusts quality to match bandwidth is fantastic, it's already gpu accelerated at least on windows. However flash and html5 seems to be the preferred route strangely. Maybe they'll try and combine them as they both have pro's and con's or maybe ms want's it to be added into the development kit, silverlight is ms expression only at the mo iirc
 

Greg

Active Member
#13
Would the combination of Microsoft & Adobe in the tablet/smartphone market create decent competition for the dominance of Apple in this area do you think?
 

Levi

Moderator
Staff member
#14
Well if they use adobe air (which is also on android) a developer can use the same tools (I'd assume theres a converter) to make a 'mobile' version of the app. Several twitter apps for example use adobe air. It's not so much would it be decent competition it would be more about making more apps available and also making it easier for developers to make them. No developers, mean no apps, just look at palm os, fantastic os (supposedly, haven't used it) but it has so little developer support it's just not worth having, well that an the hardware could be better.

Flash is a point of contention on the iPad, (some) people do want it on there (hell the hackers have hacked the adobe version to work on a jailbroken one) and as shown on android it can work pretty well IF the os company and adobe work together and is on the right hardware (same on a pc). You've also got the marketing side of things - you have the complete internet experience and not the missing extension icon.

Windows embedded needs custom interfaces iirc, flash will often be used for this too, not sure if adobe air could be used instead though.
 

mrp2049

Senior Member
#15
Levi said:
Can't personally see adobe being bought out by microsoft, no reason for it.
I doubt that ms would stop apple versions even if they did as they sell office for the mac too.
This sums up any concern I have, I would hate to have to go back to a PC because of package!

Adobe buy macromedia, microsoft are buying adobe...whats next? Apple are going to have to buy Corel!
 

Levi

Moderator
Staff member
#16
mrp2049 said:
Adobe buy macromedia, microsoft are buying adobe...whats next? Apple are going to have to buy Corel!
I doubt you'd have to worry over corel, apart from maybe painter I don't actually think anyone actually buys it anymore lol

Even if ms bought adobe and stopped mac support I'd put money on apple buying pixelmator and inkscape (or similar), improving them and making them 'pro' software to go with their video editing suite. They could even buy quark if they really wanted to.
 
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chrismitchell

Guest
#17
I would think that if they had to they would buy Quark and Corel and make an Apple Designer Package from it or something like that.
 

mrp2049

Senior Member
#18
chrismitchell said:
I would think that if they had to they would buy Quark and Corel and make an Apple Designer Package from it or something like that.
He stops using a million smileys per post and starts talking sense!
 
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chrismitchell

Guest
#20
i'm sure that my old posts made sense.. just the smileys destroyed the message LOL