Microsoft to buy Adobe?

Adobe shares are on the rise due to speculation that Microsoft could buy the company in a deal estimated to be worth $15 billion. Silverlight has not had the market penetration it needs and the acquisition of Adobe would give Microsoft access to Flash used on many websites.

An acquisition could make sense, Wall Street analysts said, as a way for Microsoft to integrate graphics and video capabilities into software for new phones and tablet computers, and to counter Apple, whose CEO Steve Jobs has railed against the quality of the Flash player and discouraged developers from using it in applications for the iPhone and iPad.

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