Will Microsoft Buy Yahoo Search

November 29, 2008

A happy quack to the reader in the Old Country who alerted me to this story in the London Times, “Microsoft in $20 Billion Yahoo Deal.” You can read the news item here. According to the story by John Waples, Microsoft will not get the whole of Yahoo, just what Microsoft considers the good part. The financial play is too complex for me. I think it will be interesting to see if Microsoft’s data center wizards can saddle up and ride the Yahoo engineering infrastructure. I think some of those cowpokes from Redmond will find themselves in a few running gunfights with Yahooligans. Who will win Ray Ozzie’s last stand? I am eager to watch the deal unfold if it comes to pass. At long last, Microsoft will have narrowed the gap between itself and Google in Web search to 30 to 40 percent. What an exciting development if it occurs.

Stephen Arnold, November 29, 2008


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