Microsoft is likely to prevail in its Yahoo bid -- and most likely without raising its offer. But just because Microsoft can buy the No. 2 search vendor doesn't necessarily mean it should. Those are the results of a new poll of Wall Street analysts by Reuters.
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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).
Microsoft is poised to release Windows Vista Service Pack (SP1) to the retail channel this week. And the final release-to-manufacturing (RTM) of Windows XP SP3 is not far behind, according to testing sources.
Even though Microsoft and Yahoo allegedly are at the bargaining table, I can't help but wonder what Yahoo is doing behind the scenes to minimize Microsoft's impact when and if it acquires Yahoo.
Even if you don't (yet) count Yahoo, the Redmondians are building out their advertising portfolio through acquisitions.
A couple more execs from Microsoft's list of who's who at the company have moved to allegedly greener pastures.
Charles Torres of Microsoft Channel 9 fame recently turned the tables on me when I was in Redmond and interviewed me (instead of vice versa).
Right up until Microsoft decided to go whole-hog and -- as many developers and customers wanted -- by making "super-standards" mode the Internet Explorer (IE) 8 default, Microsoft officials claimed that going the full-fledged standards route would "break the Web." So what, if anything, changed, making Microsoft willing to take that risk?
Microsoft announced on March 12 it had purchased another virtualization vendor -- one whose technology Microsoft is counting on to help ease Windows Vista migrations. That vendor, Kidaro, makes desktop virtualization software for enterprise users.
Microsoft's Software+Services (S+S) strategy comes in many guises. At its Convergence 2008 conference in Orlando this week for its business-applications customers and partners, Microsoft highlighted yet another one of its S+S forms: Third-party service extensions to its on-premise software.
Should the Windows Home Server Power Pack 1 release be held up until the nasty corruption bug fix is released? Microsoft officials asked their customers this week whether its current Power Pack 1 delay plan was a good one. And so far, customers are saying it is not.