February 1, 2008 3:50 AM PST

Microsoft bids $44.6 billion for Yahoo

Microsoft went public Friday with a $44.6 billion cash-and-stock bid to acquire Yahoo.

In its response, Yahoo called the Microsoft bid "unsolicited" but did not reject it.

Microsoft's offer, which was contained in the letter to Yahoo's board, amounts to $31 a share and represents a 62 percent premium over Yahoo's closing price on Thursday. Microsoft said it will offer shareholders the option of cash or stock.

"We have great respect for Yahoo, and together, we can offer an increasingly exciting set of solutions for consumers, publishers, and advertisers while becoming better positioned to compete in the online-services market," Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said in a statement.

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Yahoo said in a responding statement that its board "will evaluate this proposal carefully and promptly, in the context of Yahoo's strategic plans, and pursue the best course of action to maximize long-term value for shareholders."

The deal comes as Microsoft and Yahoo have both struggled to compete against Google.

Microsoft didn't mention Google by name in its announcement, but it did indicate that its acquisition bid was aimed squarely at its rival.

"Today, the market is increasingly dominated by one player, who is consolidating its dominance through acquisition," Microsoft said. "Together, Microsoft and Yahoo can offer a credible alternative."

In a conference call Friday morning, Ballmer said that Microsoft and Yahoo "really do share a vision for the potential of online services."

Microsoft said in its statement that it believes that it can get all of the needed regulatory approvals and that the deal, if ultimately approved by Yahoo shareholders, could be completed in the second half of the year.

Michael Gartenberg, an analyst at Jupiter Research, said it's "clear that there is increased pressure on Microsoft from Google, and they recognize that. Way back when, Yahoo wasn't that interested in a Microsoft deal. What a difference two years make. Microsoft has a pile of money, and Yahoo has experienced problems of its own. Ballmer, in the past, has historically not loved these types of deals. It is indicative of how different the world is now."

Gartenberg added that the deal "absolutely" makes sense. "But there is a lot to be done in the details. Getting this deal done might be the easiest part. The real challenge is what happens when they finish the deal. This is not a panacea--the details will be what matters," he said.

Rumors that Microsoft was interested in Yahoo have bubbled up from time to time, including the past two springs, on the eve of Microsoft advertising conferences.

The move would be by far the largest acquisition ever for Microsoft. Its largest prior deal, also in the online-advertising space, was last year's $6 billion deal to acquire Aquantive.

Asked on the conference call why Microsoft still needs Yahoo after buying Aquantive, Ballmer pointed to Yahoo's reach with consumers.

"Certainly from a consumer perspective, there's no better way to increase scale and capacity than this acquisition," Ballmer said.

Microsoft also pointed to the intense investments needed in data centers and technology needed to compete with Google.

"Scale matters," said Kevin Johnson, president of the Microsoft division that houses Windows and online advertising. "Some of the scale economics can kick in rather rapidly."

Ultimately, Ballmer said, the deal should help Microsoft become profitable in online advertising.

"We've been losing money," Ballmer said. "Our plan would be to not lose money in the future."

In a letter sent to Yahoo's board late Thursday, Microsoft confirmed that it has had talks with Yahoo since 2006 but that its suggestions of an acquisition had been rebuffed.

"In late 2006 and early 2007, we jointly explored a broad range of ways in which our two companies might work together," Microsoft said. "These discussions were based on a vision that the online businesses of Microsoft and Yahoo should be aligned in some way to create a more effective competitor in the online marketplace. We discussed a number of alternatives ranging from commercial partnerships to a merger proposal, which you rejected."

The letter goes on to say that an offer in February 2007 was also rejected. Although at one time, Microsoft was open to other kinds of partnerships with Yahoo, the company says now it just wants to own Yahoo outright.

"While a commercial partnership may have made sense at one time, Microsoft believes that the only alternative now is the combination of Microsoft and Yahoo that we are proposing," Microsoft said in the letter.

In the conference call, Ballmer said that when Microsoft first talked to Yahoo more than a year ago, it believed that a merger would have benefits to both companies.

"We believe now in those benefits more than ever," Ballmer said.

The public offer follows Yahoo's disappointing earnings report on Tuesday, which sent the company's shares down. Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang said Tuesday that the company is facing "headwinds." He also announced 1,000 layoffs.

Terry Semel, Yahoo's former CEO, who left that position last summer but remained as nonexecutive chairman of the board, left the company altogether on Thursday.

Microsoft's move validates Yahoo's value and could bring out other prospective buyers, said Danny Sullivan, editor of Search Engine Land. However, Microsoft doesn't have enough of a plan as to how it would integrate Yahoo into the company, he said.

Unlike with Microsoft's Aquantive and Tellme acquisitions, Microsoft and its Live brands have a lot of overlap with Yahoo, including e-mail, portal, advertising, and search.

"Microsoft suffers in that they are conflicted over two different brands, and now they're going to have to be conflicted over three," Sullivan said. "If Microsoft wants to be a leader in search, this is a way for them to climb up and be No. 2 against Google. And it validates that Yahoo isn't a loser. It's a company that's worth a lot of money."

A merger might give Google some extra competition, but it wouldn't unseat it as the top search provider, and it would take some time to convince advertisers that they would do better on a Microsoft-Yahoo platform over Google's highly successful ad business, said Mark Mahaney of Citigroup.

"If Yahoo wants to remain independent, it will need to show investors that it is willing to take radical, value-creating steps," and outsourcing search to Google is one of its few options, Mahaney wrote in a research note.

Imran Khan of J.P. Morgan Securities thinks that regulators will approve the deal.

"Yahoo is better off inside a larger company with (a) strong balance sheet and technology," Khan wrote in a research note. A merger of Microsoft and Yahoo could give them the scale, in terms of search traffic, that they need to compete against Google and provide a boost on the ad side, he added.

"A combination of Yahoo's relationships (with DSL providers), and Microsoft's applications and devices, could create a very well positioned potential competitor," Khan wrote.

Microsoft's financial advisers are Morgan Stanley and The Blackstone Group.

CNET News.com's Mike Ricciuti contributed to this report.

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Posted by thisislovell (38 comments )
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Deal is great for www.genusi.com
Good for the Internet, Great for Small Business and Enterprise. This deal will create more competition in the online marketplace by broadening Small Business Support.

The MSFT purchase of YHOO is critical to the US Cyber-Economy and United States Global Competiveness in Online Services.

It is great for genusi.com so I am biased for the deal but what is great for genusi.com is great for US Small Business.

So long as Microsoft/Yahoo allows smaller competing search engines free resources and a piece of the global search pie and does not prohibit them from profit.

Sincerely,


James Reginald Harris, jr.
Posted by gurfrip (23 comments )
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great news, now there is competition 4 google...
no more whinging and moanig by M$ if they get yahoo in their bag....
Posted by dsairai (23 comments )
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Canceling my Email, Verizon-Yahoo! Geocities
I'm spending my Friday getting ready to cancel My Yahoo email addresses, My Verizon-Yahoo! DSL service. My Yahoo Geocities accounts and my old legacy Prodigy(AT&T)-Yahoo! email addresses today....

I had the chance to BUY Microsoft or AOL products and they didn't appeal to me so take the hint Microsoft and AOL. I went to Yahoo to escape those two companies and now they feel they can just swoop up my patronage??? I don't think so....

Everything Microsoft touches is a flop.

MSNBC, Hotmail, Microsoft Network (Since rebranded MSN), ZUNE (with it's restrictive policies over what people can do with their own music) etc.....

Anyway if Yahoo goes forward with this, by canceling my services with Yahoo I'll save myself almost $100 a month... I'm not keeping any so called "Microsoft-Yahoo" stuff....

Also has anyone else noticed the HUGE spike in Spam on Yahoo Instant Messenger since Yahoo started to make it interoperable with Microsoft's messenger??? SPAMMERS love when two networks get together like that, because they can spam double the people in one network using a single app.

Microsoft-Yahoo? Heck it wont get my blessing or my $$$$.
Posted by JCPayne (820 comments )
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Just give it up
Tired of hearing people QQ about how M$ is all evil and everything that's wrong int he world is their fault.
Posted by Gasaraki (183 comments )
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That's a little overdramatic
Microsoft isn't nearly as evil as most people think and others aren't nearly as good as people would like to believe. I think the consolidation of Yahoo's strengths in Internet development and Microsoft's in software and services could yield better products from both. At least that's the optimist in me.
Posted by tdaloisio (93 comments )
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Good for you
Go somewhere else, knowone really cares..

Everything MS touches is a flop huh?
How about building an entire market built around open hardware...
How about windows - It may do a poor job at some things - but not everything - and the mac still is no threat.

Zune is a great product - what restrictions do you speak of? I've had two ipods and 2 Zune's- The Zune is handsdown better IMO...

Good luck with ditching it...
Posted by SystemsJunky (409 comments )
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Yagoogle
cancel
Posted by paulsecic (298 comments )
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"Everything Microsoft touches is a flop???"
Yeah, who's even heard of Windows, Office, XBOX, etc.???

You have to be joking! Sure, some of Microsoft's products are better than others; no company will be able to create the #1 product in all categories. However, nobody can deny the success of Microsoft (overall).

Have fun canceling!
Posted by andywudude (2 comments )
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boo hoo hoo
Stop crying and don't be idiotic. MS has a long history of plundering other's ideas and folding it in to their domain. They're pretty smart in keeping what's good so what makes you think they're going to mess with Yahoo so much? Also, your $$$$ don't count for much to MS since it's more like 0.00000000000cents and they don't worry that there are that many idiots like you.
Posted by oxtail01 (308 comments )
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It was written all over the wall
that this was going to happen. First the IM merger stuff to help fight off Google/AIM.

MS has been trying so hard to break the Google grip on the search market buying Yahoo only helps that.

To be honest Yahoo employees should be happy. Yahoo was going down, MS should have waited for the fire sale, but was probably worried Google would buy them. Yahoo offered nothing really anymore that Google or MS already have.

ATT could have bought them, to get the email and such since they use them for all of their customers. Oh well it will just be hotmail now.

Time to switch my only remaining Yahoo app to
Google...gtalk here i come.
Posted by Maclover1 (440 comments )
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How's Googles Stock Value Reacting to this?
This would be a good thing for both MS and Yahoo but definitely not Google.

I am going to be interested to see the stock value of Google as this plays on.

I'll bet that Google stock will go to "hold" status until the merger (if it occurs) is complete. This could take some time but both companies needed each other in a bad way. This would be such a perfect match, and a way to keep Yahoo alive.

If MS & Yahoo do what I think they are capable of then you'd better start selling your Google stock now.

One thing that could throw a wrench into the works is if MS decides to rid itself of the Yahoo name, then all bets are off.
Posted by fred dunn (793 comments )
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Probably won't even budge.
The reason why is simple... this merger would first have to be
approved by gov't regulators in the US, EU, and various Asian
governments.

Micrsofot (more specifically Steve Ballmer) is getting desperate.
MSN sucks. Vista sucks. Office 2k7 is mediocre at best. All the
buzz, growth, and future excitement comes from places like
Apple, Canonical, Google... not Microsoft.

Google is into buying radio spectrum, and its GMail service now
eclipses Hotmail for average (not spam) usage. In less than a
year, Apple now sells more smartphones in North America than
those built with Windows CE/Mobile - and Windows CE/Mobile
has been in that market for years now. In less than six years,
RedHat has gone from being a hobbyist's company, to being the
second largest server OS provider - if not the largest. Nintendo's
Wii stomped all over XBox last year in the ultimate 'comeback
kid' story.

What has Microsoft done in the past five years? Err, released a
widely-hated OS version and temporarily got the #1 slot with
that loss-leader of a game console called XBox.

Basically, Microsoft went from 'will be' to 'has been', and Ballmer
knows it. He needs something - anything - to get the buzz
going again in his favor. IMHO, I don't think this will be it, and
he'll have to settle for being #2 - again.

/P
Posted by Penguinisto (5042 comments )
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Shareholder's scare
Looks like the shareholders are scared (or switching to buy Yahoo shares that were much lower than MS's offering price of $31...hoping to make assured profit on those). Anyways, Google's stock is trading 50points below (almost -9%) as I write this.

Microsoft and Yahoo have been playing the catch-up game for the past few years. Google is always a step ahead of them: think Gmail, Google Earth/Maps, their "Docs" application, the Open Mobile platform thingy...which looks even more promising after yesterday's news regarding open access to the "C" block of the 700MHz. And Micrahoo (lol. I'm gonna coin that) is still trying to catch up with the Docs application.

So anyways, I think Google's future is very bright, and this is a momentary sale while investors make quick money in the Yahoo shares.
Posted by lordeagle (32 comments )
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Anti-competitive?
With Microsoft now being watched for anti-competitive behaviors until 2009 this could spark some interesting controversy. With two of the top presences on the internet this deal may not go through- especially since MSFT recently aquired Aquantive, a few other ad agencies, and launched massive deals for ads. Couple that with Yahoo! (sure, they aren't that powerful in ads but they do have a strong presence in recurring revenue markets and a large user base to turn around their situation if handled correctly) and I see some concern raised by not only Google but a handful of other companies.

Me thinks that Microsoft was getting tired of playing the "gentle giant" card after showing it can at least TRY to remain competitive- but with Google (up until now) reporting astronomical growth, they are backed into a corner and are on the prowl for blood. Will this be the start of a new downward spiral for Microsoft (in terms of anti-trust suits all over again)?
Posted by naterandrews (256 comments )
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hostile bid
It was a hostile bid I believe. Yahoo should have been the one to make the announcement. Microsoft announcing it puts pressure on YAHOO to accept because yahoo's stock will respond favorably, and it will give the industry the impression that yahoo is weakened and must merge or risk going out of business. If yahoo rejects the bid, or the merger is denied for anti-competitive reasons, Microsoft still wins. Yahoo's value will plummet, and they'll only have Google to compete with.

This was not a merger announcement. It was an offer announcement. Made by the company making the offer. It is as much a psychological play as it is a financial one.
Posted by nmcphers (261 comments )
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Probably won't change a thing
On one hand you have Microsoft who has proven time and again
they haven't got a clue when it comes to search.

On the other you have Yahoo who has been in a steady decline
for years and hasn't got a clue when it comes to improving their
search.

What good will combining them do except give Microsoft the
bragging rights that they are now a distant second in search
rather than a distant fourth.

Assuming they keep the Yahoo brand. If they don't, IMO, they
won't gain a thing.
Posted by rcrusoe (1305 comments )
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Yes it will
You said it yourself. They will now be second instead of forth. Why would the quality of the search matter? Has Microsoft ever lead you to believe that their purpose in any area is anything other than market share? They are not expecting the technology of both companies to innovate them to the number one spot. They'll acquire whoever and whatever it takes to get there.
Posted by nmcphers (261 comments )
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Interesting statement
"Today, the market is increasingly dominated by one player who is consolidating its dominance through acquisition," Microsoft said.

--
Thats an interesting statement considering what they are doing at the desktop market.
Posted by informvarma (1 comment )
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M-O-N-O-P-O-L-Y
If you can't make a better product BUY it.

Microsoft will own the Internet...
It owns the Browser, Office, and the desktop OS.

Too much control, and poor quality products.
Posted by technewsjunkie (1265 comments )
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NO-MORE-POLY
Google dominates the search market with 51.3%. Yahoo was like 18% and MS some 13%...together they'll still lag behind Google.

Monopoly is when you have no alternative, and the company abuses that position. Well there ARE alternatives: I use Firefox, search on Google, use Gmail...then MSN (sorry Live Messenger). There's plenty of choices out there.

Microsoft is doing a desperate move, and I don't think Yahoo is worth the $44B.
Posted by lordeagle (32 comments )
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Great Strategy
With all the hype about Facebook, Yahoo's value is weighted in gold, great strategy from Microsoft
Posted by socialgear (1 comment )
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Agree...
enough said.
Posted by fred dunn (793 comments )
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Even Better Strategy
Wouldn't it really be great if Microsoft did something unusual and focused on operating system software? :)

Anybody in Redmond remember that stuff that makes the computer operate? Wouldn't it be cool if it could make the computer operate better?
Posted by J_Satch (571 comments )
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Same old MS strategy...
If you can't beat'em, buy'em.

Yes, this is a move to become more competitve with Google. However, with the exception of the search engine Yahoo has it all over Google when it comes to the other services available.
Posted by Jim Harmon (329 comments )
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PLEASE BECAREFUL YAHOO
MICROSOFT AND BILL GATES CANT EVEN MAKE A STABLE OPERATING SYSTEM (VISTA) NOW THEY WANT TO RUIN YAHOO! YAHOO DONT DO IT ITS BEEN A GOOD SERVICE FOR YEARS WITHOUT MICROSOFT...........
Posted by KEVIN A LUCAS (1 comment )
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OK, let's talk about Vista..
LOL, any news that has Microsoft or Apple in it, but has no relation to Vista, people will keep mentioning about Vista. Which OS that is stable in the first year?
Posted by Gunady (191 comments )
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Good Summary - how will IAC, NewsCorp, etc. respond?
Also: How will CNet respond?

;D nmw

ps: very good reporting here (APPLAUSE) :)
Posted by new_media_works (26 comments )
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Analysis: YaSoft! Good / MicroHoo! Bad
There are enormous synergies in this merger, and many benefits for advertisers.

Yahoo! has a strong consumer franchise, and technically very strong search and advertising match capabilities.

Yahoo! is let down by unfriendly and inefficient processes and services for its advertisers, however, which is why it generates advertising revenues, but is not great at generating good profits.

<a href="http://www.digitalmarketing.us/blog/index.php/?p=43">Digital Marketing blog - YaSoft! or MicroHoo! ?</a>
Posted by Rusty Digital Marketing (13 comments )
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Apple, are you listening?
IMHO, I would really like to see Apple, Inc. offer all people/Platforms/PC's the opportunity to subscribe to their .mac service. It would be a great time for this, and after any M$ acquisition of AT&#38;T/Yahoo would even be better. If it happens (G-d forbid!), I hope it happens before my contract ends. Even if it doesn't, I'm looking for a new DSL service when my contract ends. This is most disappointing news. I, for one, thought that Yahoo was in better shape, especially with their merger with AT&#38;T.
Posted by Jon N. (182 comments )
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The real Apple blow
Now that Apple's been working on the Intel platform for a while, the one blow that would hurt Microsoft more than anything, would be for Apple to release Mac OS for the PC (I know there's a lot of drivers involved...but technically you could use the drivers made for FreeBSD, at least a good chunk of them).

Probably 70-80% of people running Vista (that includes me) would rush out and get a really good OS. It wouldn't affect businesses right away, but it would after a while. That would be a definite blow to MS... but I'm wondering if Apple will ever be interested in owning such a large market share (I think they're like the Marines: "the few, the proud, the Apple-users"), and if the deal they have with Microsoft for Office on the Mac doesn't involve a promise from Apple NOT to bring OS X to the PCs.

I think we're in for a pretty interesting couple of years.
Posted by lordeagle (32 comments )
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Google is NOT technically a monopoly
I kinda take issue with the poll question using the word "Monopoly"
in regards to google. Not that I'm taking sides here, but "Monopoly"
is strictly defined and Google does not force anybody to use their
products. If a better search engine came along I'd use it.
Posted by Danathar (8 comments )
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Monopoly by definition
Is market share and compeition.
Posted by jessiethe3rd (1140 comments )
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It's not a monopoly if people want it
People want to have one good search engine as long as they play fair and don't corrupt their rankings. I remember when there were a dozen anemic search engines and flitting back and forth between them was just a big pain in the ass. Computers are supposed to simplify things, not make them harder to do.

Besides, everything Msoft does sucks. If Apple bought Yahoo it might make sense since they actually have some creativity and vision. Msoft will no doubt try to "bundle" their search with essential OS components that won't work witout it so they can shove and inferior search down your throat. Don't think they won't try it because it Did work before. With all the lawsuits and troubles, What browser is still dominant? They have plenty of lawyers to fence while they corner the search market with an OS stranglehold.
Posted by cybervigilante (529 comments )
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Typical Microsoft
Shortsighted, non-innovative and lazy.

MS overpaid by a large amount for Aquantive, it hasn't done much so far for the clueless and hapless MS. If Google hadn't gone after Double Click, MS wouldn't have made this deal. It is a classic case of the pathetic "keeping up with the Joneses".

Now to keep up(yet again) with a company who really isn't in the same business as MS, they want to massively overpay for a company in decline?

This makes sense only at MS. Google is not a threat to MS, in fact they are not in the same business.

Microsoft has this pathological need to squash any successful company that is anywhere near where MS lives.

Instead of trying to pay to keep your outdated and dying model going a little bit longer, they might as well start producing innovative work that people want as opposed to the crap they have now that requires unethical and pathetic lock in schemes to keep the money flowing.

Google has many problems, but at least they are still agile, can produce products and services people actually want.

Until MS figures out they will have to work to stay on top, they will be in decline, overpaying for lame companies is not the answer.
Posted by The_Decider (3097 comments )
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Thoughtful comments
Your comments were well laid out and I have to commend you for them. When you choose to post in a respectable manner, your statements can make a whole lot more sense than they would otherwise.

As for this Yahoo deal- I'd wait and see what happens. Apparently investors like the deal a lot to see Yahoo's stock go up so fast. Some of that is opportunistic, but since any purchase would be a year away, that's a long time to wait to trade for profits on those stocks.

By the way, Apple is considered a successful company and MS isn't going after them or to try and squash them. MS is going after markets that they are interested in. Things change.

"they might as well start producing innovative work that people want as opposed to the crap they have now that requires unethical and pathetic lock in schemes to keep the money flowing."

Heh, that describes the iPhone exactly to a T. MS isn't the only one that does this apparently. I'd be curious to see what sorts of Apple / Google link there will be next. Apple will need to do something or be left out in the cold.
Posted by Vegaman_Dan (6683 comments )
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Wrong Douche bag
Microsoft has a COMMERCIAL need to squash anyone who gets near them. That's what people get paid to do at all companies.

For some reason some people insist on thinking that once a company gets to a certain size that they are supposed to sort of let competition bloom. Wrong! All company officers are legally obligated to grow their companies or get fired.
Posted by J. Blow (193 comments )
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Move Fast
The key will be how fast they can integrate and gain synergies.

For example, will they be able quickly offer single sign in for all services via Open ID?

Many small things like this done quickly can add up to benefits users will care about.
Posted by www.hdgreetings.com (39 comments )
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The Othe Shoe Drops
MS rantings about Google become null and void when MS has exactly the same aspirations.
Posted by Renegade Knight (13748 comments )
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And the market responds
Microsoft falls 4.5% in early trading....
Posted by ppgreat (1128 comments )
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With a 60% jump
Yahoo stock is currently at this time 60% up.

This is common for any buyout. You want to buy into the stock that is being bought out to make your profit. Buying stock in the company doing the buying isn't profitable at the start.
Posted by Vegaman_Dan (6683 comments )
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Google Down 9.2% at 10:13 CT
It'll probably bounce back up at the end of the trading day but because it's a Friday and people will start to get more ideas of what could happen I'll be interested in Monday's Google value and trades. The trades on Google right now are pretty fast.
Posted by fred dunn (793 comments )
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The Zimbra factor!
Yahoo's recent aquisition of Zimbra could be a roadblock for this deal. As Zimbra competes as an open-source alternative to Exchange server (and has a great product by the way) many will frown on Microsoft's suddent control of this group.
Posted by dmhallman (15 comments )
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gone Zimbra will be
The Zimbra acqusition is a rounding error for the MSN/YHOO acquisition. If this goes through, Zimbra will be throw in the trash can. It certainly won't stop it.
Posted by CrabkillaTX (11 comments )
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wait and see.....
I keep my yahoo account out of convenience. If Msft makes it less convenient or I'm not liking what I'm seeing I'll just stop using the email.
Simple as that.

Also, I'm curious if anyone would know how this will play with the Eurpean regulators since Msft is already being whacked over the head for being a naughty monopoly?
Posted by mgarfein (12 comments )
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I love Google, congrats Microsoft
I admire the mythology behind the founding of one of our greatest tech companies by a couple of grad students and then the best job of investing a stock sale fortune in history.

But as with everything, we really don't know how good Google could have been or can be. Because Google doesn't know. Well, competition from another very talented crew is going to light up our sky with creative fireworks that come from two phenomenal forces vying for our technical attention. And Google will find out how great they really can be!

Is capitalism great or what?
Posted by TomMariner (762 comments )
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Pot Accuses Kettle
"Today, the market is increasingly dominated by one player, who is consolidating its dominance through acquisition," Microsoft said

Is Microsoft talking about themselves or Yahoo ;')

The only difference is Google actually buys stuff, while Msoft stole most of their ideas.
Posted by cybervigilante (529 comments )
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MS Yahoo Merger
I've been a big fan, and user of Yahoo for as long as I can rember. I like there products and technologies. Personally, I think this merger would be great! It will give Yahoo (or it's people) more stability. And it will give MS a beter search engine and hostiing technology.

As long as they handle everything right. The down side (or dark side), would be if they ae just planning on buying out a compeditor, and just scrap/fire everyone.

Alan S. House
alan.house@mahrtec.com
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