Microsoft and Yahoo Meet to Discuss Merger

Microsoft and Yahoo met on Monday to discuss Microsoft's takeover offer for the Internet company, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.

The meeting was said to be the first since Microsoft made its unsolicited offer for Yahoo, worth nearly $42 billion, on January 31. Yahoo rejected the offer as inadequate last month. The session was intended to allow Microsoft to present its vision of a combined company, and Yahoo executives mostly listened, the Journal quoted one of the sources as saying.

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For those of you talking about zune being an ipod killer or even close quality wise, zune has a long way to go. The audio quality on both mp3 playback and radio is excellent. Its the quality of the hardware that blows. My zune 30gb died in 4 months time. I have been so careful with it and it all started with random reboots which clearly indicates that the hard drive is failing. Anyways my point is that zune has a long way to go to get to ipod when it comes to hardware quality.

lol Microhoo ! This merger might help MS compete better with Google on search and ad network but it all depends on how they go about utilizing what yahoo brings to the table.

Microsoft should lower it's bid because of Yahoo rejected their earlier bid, and talked to the media that the last thing they want is a Microsoft take over, then suddenly turning to Microsoft to save them.

Look at you now Yahoo!.. Pittiful! But i'm glad Microsoft is in talks about a merger

(lylesback2 said @ #10)
Look at you now Yahoo!.. Pittiful! But i'm glad Microsoft is in talks about a merger

How does this benefit you?

It benefits the end user because of connection/integration. I really don't see this being a radical change, i think Yahoo will keep its branding, they will just operate under the Microsoft umbrella.

i.e. you wont have to type microsoft.yahoo.com (or microhoo.com).. you'll still goto yahoo.com scroll to the bottom of the page and see the Microsoft logo and that's about it.

Hey Phrive, were did you import a Zune from ? I'm from the UK too and was hoping to get one. Seen them on ebay but if I can get them cheaper importing that would be great.

thanks

I have a Zune, and i had to get it imported becauce there not available in the UK. But i have made at least 6 people get one, people see them and love them. They really are better than iPods.

As for this yahoo/ms deal, ide say it enevitable.

Where in my post did I state that the Zune was an iPod killer?

Yes those numbers are old, and given the date the articles were posted it would be safe to assume that sales have increased. I'll do more research to see if I can find updated info on sales of the most populer sellers.

Yeah but are they really doing that much better than Creative or Sandisk? I really couldn't believe that... they've been in the market so much longer than MS has, surely they've sold a lot more to date. Plus, they've all announced iPod killers too... how is 9% killing the iPod? It's been out over a year. Your info is old, those NPD numbers are from 2006. Are they just for the month or total market share? Are those numbers still the same today or is it different?

I wouldn't necessarily say that the Zune is either failing or mediocre. According to NPD Zune has 9% market share and is now in second place behind the iPod. Considering how the well the iPod sells; taking a 9% share is a big deal.

Source: http://zuneinsider.com/archive/2006/11/29/...t-number-2.aspx

Sales numbers for OneCare are different but NDP thinks it understands why.

Source: http://microsoft.blognewschannel.com/archi...-onecare-sales/

Live Search is another story all together. Its getting clobbered by Google. If I remember correctly, the same team that designed the XBox also designed Zune. MS came from the position of 0% with the XBox and grabbed a significant share of the market. They made another big gain on the iPod with the second gen Zune but it will be more difficult because people generally do not want to deal with switching music from one platform to another. Just too much of a bother.

Maybe it's just me, but I think MS should stay out of the search business. They should focus on what they do best. They have been putting their hands in too many jars. Look at everything that has failed or been mediocre: Zune, OneCare, Live search, etc.

Zune wans´t a failure,where did you get that information?!

In the world of marketing,being #2 in the market isn´t a failure,but a brand and product well positioned in the market,so all you´ve heard about the ipod killer,it isn´t zune,it wans´t meant to that.

(EduardValencia said @ #2.1)
Zune wans´t a failure,where did you get that information?!

In the world of marketing,being #2 in the market isn´t a failure,but a brand and product well positioned in the market,so all you´ve heard about the ipod killer,it isn´t zune,it wans´t meant to that.

:ermm:

2nd in mp3 players market? where did you read that?

(sreteP said @ #1)
Would be interesting if MS bought Yahoo. ESP What they could/might do with Google as competition.

It's going to be interesting to see MS throw away $42B on a dud. Everyone Yahoo asked to bail them out declined.