Microsoft considers new Yahoo! deal

Microsoft today announced that it is continuing to explore and pursue alternatives to improve and expand its online services and advertising business, through an alternative arrangement with Yahoo!.

Microsoft says it is considering and has raised with Yahoo! an alternative that would involve a transaction with Yahoo! but not an acquisition of all of Yahoo! Microsoft is not proposing to make a new bid to acquire all of Yahoo! at this time, but says they reserve the right to reconsider that alternative depending on future discussions with Yahoo!

In response, Yahoo! and its Board of Directors said they continue to consider a number of value maximizing strategic alternatives for Yahoo!, and say they remain open to pursuing any transaction which is in the best interest of their stockholders.

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best interest of their stockholders

Yahoos CEO only has untill the 3rd July till he is sacked (when Yahoos board is likely to change). Icahn is not happy and he is the shareholders (well he own 4.3% and is still buying, I think he was after 10%).

In view of the shareholders they should sell..... in view of people who hate Microsoft they shouldnt.

hmm this could be a more economically effective way to get the good parts of yahoo. i'm sure there are many parts of the business that have a lot of value.

I have no idea why Yahoo! didn't accept Microsoft's original offer in the first place. If they stay as they are, Google is just going to eat them up, and then they'll be left with nothing. I think it's better for them to cut their losses and get out while they can. Let Microsoft buy Yahoo!, and make it just a two-horse race.

I wish people wouldn't! use the exclamation mark at the end! of Yahoo! during the middle of a sentence, it make's it incredibly hard to read.

I know it may be how the company intended the name to come across, but when reading an exclamation point should always denote the end of a sentence. I kept pausing in the article above where they'd used it so many times.

I don't think they will this time. Yahoo! have stopped every attempt MS has made to buy them out, they don't seem to even care their shareholders are not happy about it. Yahoo! would rather go under then MS owning even 1% of them. Remember what the CEO of Yahoo! said before, if MS made any further attempts to buy Yahoo! he would take measures to make Yahoo! an "undesirable purchase" for MS (not exact words but you get the point). Fact of the matter is even with all thier money, MS is not getting Yahoo!

Personally I'd rather MS just give up for good and spend some of that money they were trying to throw at Yahoo! into a more worth while endevour. That is my 2 cents, take with a grain of salt.

(Xerxes said @ #3.1)
if MS made any further attempts to buy Yahoo! he would take measures to make Yahoo! an "undesirable purchase" for MS

In a roundabout sort of way, you can see this working to Microsoft's favour. The more they try to feign interest in Yahoo, the more Yahoo will go under. Until Yahoo is destroyed by it's own shareholders and implodes.
Sad that business has to work this way, and disappointing that Microsoft is going back to tactics of yore.
But it's rather cunning too... in a roundabout sort of way.