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Killing enterprise Java by owning Flash: Microsoft buying Macromedia?

Posted on 26 December 2002 by Demian Turner

spotted in http://www.hebig.org/blog/

Microsoft Corp is believed to have trained its acquisition crosshairs on Macromedia Inc, lining up a deal that would throw enterprise Java into a spin, Gavin Clarke writes.

Industry and analyst sources believe Microsoft covets San Francisco, California-based Macromedia’s Flash vector graphics design tool and player, which was radically updated this year.

Microsoft’s own scripting efforts are regarded as relatively inferior to the cross-platform Flash, which now supports XML, Unicode, MP3 and HTML and which was taken closer towards Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) in 2002. The Flash Player, meanwhile, is compatible with most browsers and used on nearly 90% of desktops.

Flash would give Microsoft access to tools for building rich interfaces on both desktops and mobile devices, furthering .NET.

An acquisition, though, would be seen as a hostile move deliberately designed to thwart J2EE uptake. Flash is a powerful and rich development environment, which – through Macromedia’s changes this year – took a step closer to J2EE.

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  1. Anonymous Says:

    While macromedia says they have a policy of not commenting on rumors, they do point out that this rumor shows up every year or so.

    I\’d point out that the author of the article didn\’t say that MS *was* interested in buying MM, just that they *should be*. Big difference. It is also the difference between a mental exercise article and actual news. Though it appeared to be news, it wasn\’t.

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