Microsoft-Yahoo on again?

Microsoft-Yahoo on again?

Summary: Carl Icahn and Steve Ballmer announced plans today for Microsoft to acquire some or all of Yahoo if the current board was ousted in an upcoming election on August 1st. While they didn't come out and say it was a done deal, it does appear that Microsoft is still interested in either an outright purchase or acquiring Yahoo's search engine business that competes with Google.

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Carl Icahn and Steve Ballmer announced plans today for Microsoft to acquire some or all of Yahoo if the current board was ousted in an upcoming election on August 1st. While they didn't come out and say it was a done deal, it does appear that Microsoft is still interested in either an outright purchase or acquiring Yahoo's search engine business that competes with Google.

Larry Dignan summarizes the message as follows: "Boot Yahoo’s board at the company’s shareholder meeting on Aug. 1 and Icahn can pull off a deal with Yahoo. And Microsoft is interested."

Other than catching "the one that got away" I'm still at a loss to explain why Microsoft is so interested. Yahoo has already battled with Google in the search space and lost. Microsoft battled and lost. What's needed is not more of the same; it's something completely new. Despite an overwhelmingly dominant position as the "go-to" place for people to find things on the internet, if someone comes up with a better idea that could change pretty quickly. Does anybody remember Alta Vista, which seemed to have searching and machine translation wrapped up in the early days?

Imitating Google isn't going to put you on top. Put those billions to work on research Mr. Ballmer. Encourage entrepreneurship and creativity, and advance the state of the art so that everyone benefits.

Topics: Legal, Browser, CXO, Enterprise Software, Google, Microsoft, Social Enterprise

Ed Burnette

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Ed Burnette is a software industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience as a programmer, author, and speaker. He has written numerous technical articles and books, most recently "Hello, Android: Introducing Google's Mobile Development Platform" from the Pragmatic Programmers.

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  • This will go on, and on, for some time to come yet. And, we thought there

    would be nothing to entertain us this month!!! But, MS has the money, and as FireFox numbers keep on creeping up, and Googles numbers still rising, MS is also getting even more desperate and nervous. Sounds like the shotgun wedding is ON!!!
    DonnieBoy
  • And, I really DO hope this goes through. This will entertain us for years

    to come as Yahoo employees leave in droves, as Yahoo customers move over to Google, as MS struggles to integrate Yahoo and convert the BSD and Linux servers over to Windows, . . . .
    DonnieBoy
  • RE: Microsoft-Yahoo on again?

    Once the MS goes ahead with Yahoo deal, it would be a disaster in the happening. Yahoo employess will leave in numbers & MS will start changing everything to windows based. It is best if the current board stays & with a new CEO. Yahoo should go ahead with Google deal & Yahoo has some of the best content sites on the net. It's core competency is in content & should improve upon it.
    tbeans