Microsoft gives props to Google by offering 44B for Yahoo???

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22947626?gt1=10856

I didn’t see this one coming, but it makes perfect sense.  It’s gone from “a computer in every household” to “an MS logo on every Web page.”  I am really curious what people are thinking about this, so please leave a comment with your opinion. 

I think it’s interesting that MS is basically giving props to Google by doing this.  They are recognizing that they are losing the war over the Web (which, at this point, arguably has only two competitors), so they are trying to win on all fronts.  I don’t think they can.  They are too established as “a grown-up business trying to act cool,” whereas Google redefined cool with their geniune endorsement of open-source, their free email with the ever-growing inbox, and their search portal with absolutely no other garbage to load (which is why it’s my home page).  Oh, and that doesn’t even mention the host of other things Google is doing that I don’t necessarily use (but you probably do).

So what do you think?

Advertisements
Explore posts in the same categories: Culture/Technology, IT

Tags: , , , , , ,

You can comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.

2 Comments on “Microsoft gives props to Google by offering 44B for Yahoo???”

  1. TechTerry Says:

    I think that a lot of Yahoo’s wind is already gone. Somewhere it lost its direction and ability to be inventive. So now it might merge with another company that is not known for fostering innovation in its acquisitions. Perhaps it will be good but somehow, I think it will result in all the good talent leaving and Microsoft being left holding the bag. In the meantime, more people will Google their way through the Internet.

  2. bfpower Says:

    Right on, Terry.

    I was discussing this with my officemate today and he pointed out Yahoo’s declining popularity. Yahoo’s heyday really was in the Web 1.0 days (and those were amazing days for the Web – but they’ve moved on).

    If I were Yahoo, I’d counteroffer with 52B and see what they do. Honestly, for a business that started with 2 guys in a trailer, I would be proud to sell for 45B. And you’re right, MS won’t get much from it.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: