The big news of the day is obviously the Microsoft bid for Yahoo! and this immediately prompted me to wonder how this would impact my mobile usage of Yahoo's services. I currently use Flickr for my online photo repository and mobile upload tool. I have a couple of Yahoo! email accounts and belong to a few Yahoo! Groups. I also enjoy using the Yahoo! Go services such as email, photos, sports, news, maps, and search on my mobile devices and find it to be one of the best mobile services clients that is available today. Lastly, I am a Yahoo! Music unlimited subscriber and have unlimited subscription music playing on my Windows Mobile and S60 devices. In addition, Yahoo! services work quite well on Macs and many Microsoft services are not fully supported on Macs so this is a concern of mine as well.
I have never tried Windows Live Photo Gallery, but highly doubt is supports such cool features as direct uploading from a S60 mobile phone, mobile client for viewing on mobile devices, and more features that I get now with Flickr.
Windows Live Search on mobile devices is very good and I use this service on my Windows Mobile devices. However, unlike Yahoo! Go, it is not available for free on S60 devices (there is a fee-based subscription for S60).
I do not like Hotmail (Windows Live Mail) at all and it would be a shame to lose the Yahoo! Mail client and Yahoo! email addresses. I know several people, including my wife, that use a Yahoo! email address for small business purposes and they would prefer to keep these addresses.
I think the last official Microsoft music subscription service is available through the Zune Marketplace. While the Yahoo! Music service is no longer available to new subscribers for mobile devices, my older account is grandfathered and still works well. I think this service will be ending very soon if Microsoft purchases Yahoo!.
As you can see, I am a rather heavy user of Yahoo!'s services and this possible aquisition does concern me a bit. I do like many Microsoft products and am open to checking out new services, but I use these current Yahoo services because I find them better than the other current choices. The offer hasn't been accepted by Yahoo! yet so we don't know what will happen to all of these Yahoo! services, but I am sure that Microsoft has given some thought about what to do with them. I think Microsoft's main focus with this bid is to combine Microsoft's and Yahoo!'s search services to compete with Google, yet they will obviously extend to services after working out the search issues. Let's hope that Microsoft keeps the strong and valuable services Yahoo offers, like Flickr and Yahoo! Mail. If they don't make a clean transition or support these popular services, Microsoft may see people leaving to find other services that support their mobile devices.