Industry and analyst sources believe Microsoft covets San Francisco, California-based Macromedia’s Flash vector graphics design tool and player, which was radically updated this year.
Microsoft’s own scripting efforts are regarded as relatively inferior to the cross-platform Flash, which now supports XML, Unicode, MP3 and HTML and which was taken closer towards Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) in 2002. The Flash Player, meanwhile, is compatible with most browsers and used on nearly 90% of desktops.
Flash would give Microsoft access to tools for building rich interfaces on both desktops and mobile devices, furthering .NET.
This may all be true, but I don’t like this one bit.