On October 8, 2010, I asked the readers of the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog three poll questions on this topic:
At the time there were rumors on Wall Street that a deal was in the works for Microsoft to buy Adobe Systems, but nothing has happened in the interim and a deal does not seem likely at all — at least in the foreseeable future.
And, according to the poll results, most respondents to the poll did not look favorably on the potential acquisition. However, there were a considerable number of respondents who thought a deal would be a good thing.
The discussion that followed the blog post with the poll revolved around the question of whether such a deal would help Microsoft and/or hurt Adobe. I think a strong case was made (and apparently heeded) that an acquisition would be bad for both companies. Historically, Microsoft tends to buy technologies not brands.
So what should Microsoft be looking to acquire? Is there a small company with a killer technology that Microsoft should consider?
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Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.