Boris Mann

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The Register - Microsoft to Acquire Macromedia?

According to The Register, Microsoft may be considering purchasing Macromedia.

This would be horrible! Macromedia has done a fantastic job of advancing their products to be very standards compliant and cross-platform. The Register points out:

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.
Flash, Coldfusion (by deploying on J2EE app servers) and Dreamweaver are all cross-platform, both on the client and the server side.

Again from The Register:

A Microsoft acquisition of Macromedia would inevitably see Flash, and Macromedia's other cross-platform tools, tailored purely for Windows and .NET.
Aaaaaahhhh!!! (Sounds of Boris running screaming around and around, tearing at his hair). I really, really, REALLY hope this doesn't happen. Perhaps I should call Lloyd and get him to see if IBM will buy Macromedia instead...