Think Adobe would be a smart acquisition target for Google? Allan Leinward of Panorama Capital, a guest at GigaOm believes so, and here are his reasons:
- Google would acquire some great software in Acrobat, Photoshop and their desktop run-time environment (now called Adobe Integrated Runtime, or AIR).
- Google needs Adobe Flash for is video : Google needs to own Flash because, as anyone who has used YouTube knows, this software is currently the prevalent method for playing and authoring Internet video.
- Stay ahead of Microsoft (MSFT) : Microsoft has recently launched its own Internet video-authoring and production software, Silverlight; while will compete with Adobe Flash on millions of computers without the need for either a download or browser plug-in.
Do these reasons make sense? What do you think?