Shantanu Narayen and Satya Nadella at Microsoft Ignite 2018

Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in 2018.

Microsoft is the developer and publisher of the Microsoft Windows operating system, one of the primary platforms upon which Adobe's applications are released.


Microsoft was founded on April 4, 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen to develop a BASIC interpreter for the Altair 8800. Microsoft's current CEO is Satya Nadella, who succeeded Steve Ballmer in 2014.

Adobe and MicrosoftEdit

Satya Nadella and Shantanu Narayen at Microsoft Ignite 2016

Nadella and Narayen promote Adobe's cloud services on Microsoft's Azure platform in 2016.

In 1996, Adobe Systems teamed up with Microsoft to develop OpenType as a successor to both the TrueType and Type 1 font formats.[1][2]

Adobe delivers its cloud services on Microsoft's Azure platform, while Adobe Marketing Cloud is Microsoft's preferred marketing platform for its Dynamics 365 enterprise services.[3] The two companies also collaborate on the integration of the PDF standard in Microsoft Office 365.[4]


  1. Microsoft and Adobe Systems to Deliver Universal Font Format Brings Profit Alliance Model to Microsoft’s Small Business Web Site, Microsoft. 1996-05-06.
  2. Adobe Type: frequently asked questions, Adobe. Accessed 2019-12-10.
  3. Adobe to deliver its cloud services on Microsoft Azure; Microsoft to make Adobe its preferred marketing service for Dynamics 365 Enterprise by Suzanne Choney, Microsoft. 2016-09-26.
  4. Microsoft and Adobe expand partnership with deeper PDF integration across Office 365 versions by Nat Levy, GeekWire. 2018-06-18.

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