MS + Yahoo?! Meh.
[quote]Microsoft (MSFT) Chief Executive Steve Ballmer says he’s still interested in buying Yahoo! (YHOO), or at least part of it.
Even though Yahoo’s previous management spurned a takeover bid last year from Microsoft, the software giant’s chairman and CEO said on Mar. 19 that he has spoken by phone with new CEO Carol Bartz and that he “sees a real opportunity for a deal.”
“There is a fairly compelling set of economics that underpin a search partnership,” Ballmer said in an interview with BusinessWeek Editor-in-Chief Stephen Adler during the McGraw-Hill Media Summit in New York. “When [Bartz] is ready, we will have a discussion.” [/quote]
MS still wants Yahoo
I guess he’s going to have to change his “Wooohoo!” for “Yahooo!” if he succeeds.
LMAO…he is one intense man!
Type A personality methinks.
wtf? That Ballmer dude took some percosets or something.
What’s the rationale behind Yahoo! selling off to Microsoft?
An interesting point of view from groundswell:
Microsoftâ€™s bid for Yahoo!: What it means
by Charlene Li
Implications Of An Acquisition For The Industry
I define industry pretty broadly, ranging from the media/advertising space to emerging platforms. A few thoughts:
Technology redefines media. If the acquisition goes through, the two leading media companies online will be Microsoft and Google – and at their heart, they are technology companies. I’ve long believed that the media business is about connecting marketers and to their audiences. And in this day and age, you need to have outstanding technology to do that. Where does that leave original content producers? Well, they need to take a hard look at their business and 1) make sure that they can create an audience with their content – as well as aggregated content; and 2) trade-off the costs of fielding their own online ad sales force versus outsourcing it to ad networks that are likely better at aggregating and targeting ads to specific audiences.
Social computing loves scale too. People go where their friends are – note that MySpace and Facebook grew because of the network effect. With a combined audience, and the potential of leveraging their base of email and instant messaging users, they could overnight create one of the largest socially connected audiences online and become the foundation for an “open” social graph. And as I mentioned above, the acquisition of Yahoo! could well position Microsoft to make a bid for the darling of the moment, Facebook.
blogs.forrester.com/groundswell/ … s-bid.html
According to one source it’s really all about face-crack and we all know how much time we spend on that after HTMF.
Respectively that means that we would have two mother-corp. organizations with media content developers/providers paying out either Microsoft or Google to become relevant on the Web.
MS is working towards their goal of being overlords of the solar system:-)