Adobe is No. 1 when it comes to arming publishers with the tools to stand out in cyberspace. Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader are everywhere. But there are big clouds on the horizon for the software company -- and one is the Cloud itself.
Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer's not-so-secret meeting with Abode CEO Shantanu Narayen to discuss a joint battle strategy against Apple raised the tantalizing possibility of an Adobe buyout. That deal wouldn't just be good for Microsoft, it would be good for the future of the Web overall.