Despite rumors (started by “The New York Times” on Thursday) to the contrary, Microsoft isn’t buying Adobe. Nor are the two companies merging to take on Apple.

Kara Swisher of “AllThingsD” (http://kara.allthingsd.com/20101007/adobsoft-nonsense-on-the-microsoft-adobe-rumor-in-any-case-itd-more-likely-be-goodobe/) says she’s spoken to reps at both companies and the report is nonsense.

“In any case, it is not a big surprise at this point if longtime rivals like Adobe and Microsoft — which makes a competing video technology called Silverlight to Adobe‚Äôs Flash — talk about trying to stop the explosive growth of Apple, especially in the mobile space,” she writes.