Microsoft CEO Steven Ballmer and his entourage held a secret meeting with Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen. Among the topics: taking on Apple, according to the “The New York Times” (, quoting “employees and consultants to the companies who were involved in the discussions that took place or familiar with their organization.”

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, the article adds. A possible acquisition of Adobe by Microsoft were among the options.