Ballmer says Yahoo deal would be better 'sooner than later'

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer again voiced support for purchasing Yahoo or its search business, hinting in a published report that a deal between the two companies may be reached before the end of the year. Ballmer also reiterated that Microsoft can fight Google on its own.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal after the appointment of former Yahoo executive Qi Lu to run its online services group (OSG), Ballmer said that a search deal "makes great sense" for Microsoft and Yahoo, but would be more advantageous for both companies if struck soon.

However, Ballmer also told the Journal that Microsoft and Yahoo are not currently in talks about a deal, but also said he would not admit publicly even if they were.

Will Microsoft ever buy Yahoo? That's a million dollar question Ballmer only can answer for now!

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I am sick and tired of these ****ing companies talking about fighting and controlling the markets. From Microsoft to GM, Chysler, and Ford; all these greedy companies want is to monopolize and 'kill' the competition. Aren't they learning anything from the current economic crisis. Monopolies mean more unemployment, saturated demand, and ultimately government sanctions which lead to them making less money. Competition leads to advances in technology, more jobs, and government incentives. Why is business so damn backwards.

Companies aren't interested in competition. A company's goal is to get as many customers as possible. If any company's goal is to foster competition and not dominate the competition, then they need to rethink their mission statement.

The current economic crisis has to do with mismanaged companies; it has nothing to do with competition, monopolies, ect.

Because Yahoo! has a better product, they are #2 and MS can't even beat them, let alone Google. If both Yahoo! and MS pooled resources/know how they'd have a chance at taking on Google, hence the interest in Yahoo! to begin with. Well that is my take so take with a grain of salt.

Xerxes said,
Because Yahoo! has a better product, they are #2 and MS can't even beat them, let alone Google. If both Yahoo! and MS pooled resources/know how they'd have a chance at taking on Google, hence the interest in Yahoo! to begin with. Well that is my take so take with a grain of salt.

That makes complete sense, Xerx. But I really don't think it's even worth taking on Google in this area, IMHO. MS should focus on improving their "cloud computing" model, with full Push syncing, and overall tighter integration with MS-based devices across the board.

Does this make any sense? "That's a million dollar question Ballmer only can answer for now!" if so someone want to explain it?.. I think i get it but if it means what i think it means, it's worded horribly.

Don't you see it's a cunning plan to reduce the share prices of Yahoo!? the rate Ballmer is going with constantly changing his mind Yahoo! will end up paying MS to take them :P (i.e. their share prices will be completely worthless)

For goodness sake, Microsoft, please make a bid and just stop messing about.

Ballmer: "I think we need Yahoo" (Yahoo share price rises)

Ballmer: "Dam! Dam! Dam! Don't worry, just a few more months now."