Microsoft planning to acquire Macromedia
This comes as little surprise to me. Macromedia has practically positioned themselves for this. Flash is "the one that got away". Somehow, Macromedia bested Microsoft in this area. Remember "Liquid Motion"? Or how about "Chromeffects"? Those projects died in 1998. In the meantime, the Flash player is reportedly on 97.8% of browsers. And we're not talking about Windows only -- all platforms. Any software product that achieves that level of market penetration is bound to invite attention from Microsoft.
The second thing they did to attract Microsoft's attention was to put that "MX" on all their products. A very Microsoft-ish thing to do. Microsoft loves the letter X. For example: Windows XP, Office XP, Xbox, ActiveX, DirectX, X# (a new language they are supposedly developing, tuned for XML processing), Excel, Explorer, Exchange, Outlook Express and Expedia (ok, granted, that's stretching a bit). Perhaps the only reason Microsoft is developing software for a Unix OS is for the "X" in Mac OS X.
But if they were to acquire Macromedia, it would be sad. For one, Microsoft doesn't need more control over our web experience. And you can be certain that the Linux Flash player would be the first casualty of the acquisition.