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I doubt this will happen, but it isn't like MS doesn't have the cash laying around if such a deal could be made.
Potentially, it could mean that the two graphics giants (not to mention Dreamweaver) would be Microsoft and Adobe? And FrontPage would go by the wayside for Dreamweaver - or a DW hybrid? And what about the Cold Fusion end of it?
Coldfusion and JRun could be built into the .Net Server. I they think MS would like to beef up the IIS package. Dreamweaver could essentially become Frontpage .Net. Flash could be built into the .Net architecture and you could start using it for OS level stuff on top of the web application. Freehand and Fireworks would give MS the ability to have a graphics suite, something MS has toyed with.
It seems to plugin to MS's strategy for the future. Could it cut the mustard with any anti trust issues or anything else is another question.
I am not adverse to microsoft. I think there are a lot of other companies that do what they have done. I definitley don't defend them, but I am not going to start throwing stones either. In a perfect world we would all use macs anyway. :)
[edited by: korkus2000 at 8:25 pm (utc) on Dec. 26, 2002]
This gives me even more reason to save my installs of smaller programs like Paint Shop Pro and PhotoImpact for web work. Sort of like rooting for the underdog, and I feel these programs stand on their own merits. I like the idea of "alternatives".
As for Flash and CF, I think the reason they've been so good is because they weren't developed with MS in mind. That could all change in a hurry once and if they are "Redmond-ized".
Wonder if they'd stay as Mac friendly, too?
Microsoft needs to maintain good Mac support, it's one of their best arguments in the "No, really, we're not a monopoly" game.
And, yes, the whole anti-trust issue would need to be addressed all over again. MS must have some idea how they would handle that, or I doubt they'd even venture so far.
I wonder if Sun sent them any Christmas cards?