Microsoft still wants to strike a deal with Yahoo!

Remember over a year ago when Microsoft made a $47.5 billion dollar offer to acquire Yahoo!, the second biggest search engine in the United States? Former CEO Jerry Yang rejected the deal which ultimately led up to the company's shareholders forcing Yang to resign. Since the bitter failed attempt, Microsoft has once again opened the door for the newly elected CEO, Carol Bartz.

In a interview with The Times Online, Microsoft's Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Turner, said "We've certainly made her aware and the Yahoo! board aware that if they are ever interested in an opportunity to partner with them on search, we'd like to sit down and at least have the conversation. It has to make economic sense to both parties."

Bartz recently told the Sacramento Business Journal that she won't publicly talk about any deal with Microsoft. With all the publicity and scrutiny that the last merger deal had, Bartz's request seems as if she isn't ready for the criticism that will follow if a new deal was crafted. As a CEO, shouldn't she be used to the blogosphere's critics?

Microsoft has continued to invest in it's own search engine, and they are not going to give up anytime soon. Even with this announcement, what will the software giant do with the recently announced rebrand codenamed Kumo?

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