Adobe wants to be a player. Flex 2 is going to be released next week, the talk about Apollo ramped up this week and Chizen has started talking some pretty serious smack to the folks in Redmond. The numbers haven't been released on this deal, but when (or if) we see them, I bet they're going to be lower (for Adobe) than most people think.
It starts with Shockwave, but will move to the other free offerings by Adobe. Essentially, in one stroke, Adobe has given Google a big stake in Flash. What could be more valuable to Adobe than one of the world's most influential companies sharing the same agenda when it comes to software? In its continuing tiff with Microsoft, Adobe now has a pretty good buddy. Adobe wants to play software, and they needed a fiddle, so they got one in Google.