ms doesn't buy companies to support their products. it buys companies to destroy them.
*IF* they were to aquire the flash division, i see them fazing it out in favor of silverlight, offering their customers an .net/expression blend upgrade path.
//or this is all just media posturing to gain leverage in negotiations with other companies. the *real* talks never get publicized.
Nope, MS bought at least 20% Apple stock before Apple disappeared.