According to reports from the New York Times, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has been seen with other executives holding a secret meeting with Shantanu Narayen, Adobe's CEO, to discuss a variety of topics including how the two companies may work together to combat the beast many call Apple, as well as a possible merger between the two companies.

Steven A. Ballmer, Microsoft's chief executive, recently showed up with a small entourage of deputies at Adobe's corporate offices in San Francisco to hold a secret meeting with Adobe's chief executive, Shantanu Narayen.

The meeting, which lasted over an hour, covered a number of topics, but one of the main thrusts of the discussion was Apple and its control of the mobile phone market and how the two companies could partner in the battle against Apple. A possible acquisition of Adobe by Microsoft were among the options.

Reports indicate that the representatives of the two companies talked about Apple's denial to support Flash on their devices and how a partnership between the two companies can offer an advantage against Apple in a very competitive industry.

According to MacRumors, "A second source reveals that executives revisited the possibility of an acquisition of Adobe by Microsoft, a proposal that was briefly floated several years ago before being abandoned over fears that the merger would not pass muster under antitrust regulations. With the growth of Apple and Google, however, those concerns may be less now than they were at the time of the initial discussions."