Apple-Adobe merger? Love the idea!

I love the idea of Apple buying Adobe, as proposed by Robert Cringely. In a world where technology competition is virtually always beneficial to users, such a union would strengthen Apple's platform position against Windows.

I love the idea of Apple buying Adobe, as proposed by Robert Cringely. In a world where technology competition is virtually always beneficial to users, such a union would strengthen Apple's platform position against Windows. A stronger Apple, combined with Linux's growing influence, would keep healthy pressure on Microsoft. Toss in Google, and the so-called "Internet operating system," and Microsoft's dominance would fade. Mind you, this won't happen overnight, but it would signal the growth of choice in the enterprise.

Dan Farber, ZDNet's editor in chief, doesn't think Steve Jobs would want to disrupt:

[T]he relative simplicity that Apple is now–Mac, iPhone, iPod, iLife.

I disagree. Design simplicity in products is beautiful, but market disruption creates opportunity. In this case, acquiring Adobe would enable Steve Jobs to grow his empire in a natural direction, based on products rooted in spiritual compatibility with the Macintosh.

Will this actually come to pass? Who knows, but I think it's a great idea.

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