From TheServerSide: “A computerwire article reports that ‘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.’ Macromedia has built its Flash and Coldufusion server platforms on top of J2EE which provides an entry point into the J2EE world for flash/coldfusion programmers. A Microsoft acquisition of Macromedia would inevitably see Flash, and Macromedia’s other cross-platform tools, tailored purely for Windows and .NET.”
This may be Microsoft’s best opportunity to truly enter the multimedia market for its Windows OS. As far as the enterprise aspect, such an acquisition could also be a play into the Java arena given a recent anti-trust court ruling requiring Microsoft to carry Java in Windows. Macromedia’s JRun J2EE container would be key in this instance; however, Microsoft is certainly not giving up on .NET.
Don’t forget about Microsoft’s potential interest in acquiring Borland as well. However, given that Borland is the only other significant Windows tools vendor, my take is that such an acquisition would eventually be blocked by the U.S. FTC. I guess we’ll see.
What do you think of these potential acquisitions?