Microsoft signs NDA with Yahoo!, could place bid for the company

Microsoft has signed an NDA with Yahoo! so that they can take a closer look at the financials of the company. The report comes from the New York Times who believes that Microsoft has signed the NDA to align itself for a potential bid for the struggling Internet company. 

This latest bit of information comes from a long strand of rumors that Microsoft is still deeply considering making another attempt at acquiring the company. It was not long ago that Microsoft did bid for the company but the offer was later rejected by Yahoo! 

Microsoft currently has a search agreement with Yahoo! that the company is looking to maintain and if Yahoo! is acquired by another firm, you can bet that they would not be willing to break that contract. 

What Microsoft would do with Yahoo! is another question. Surely they would integrate many of their products such as Skype, but how it would handle the other operations of the website is a bit unknown. Not to mention what Microsoft would do with its own portal site, MSN.com.

Signing the NDA and actually bidding for the company are two separate things but, by signing the NDA, it does show that Microsoft is still heavily interested in Yahoo!. 

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I would really like to see some of the features from MusicMatch Jukebox make it into Windows Media player 15.....

I miss that program since Yahoo bought it and turned it to crap.

dotf said,
I would really like to see some of the features from MusicMatch Jukebox make it into Windows Media player 15.....

I miss that program since Yahoo bought it and turned it to crap.

+1

NerdyTech said,
I really hope they keep yahoo and drop the "bing" name i never liked it... where did that come from anyway ? bing?!

BING! (I love the name BTW)

NerdyTech said,
I really hope they keep yahoo and drop the "bing" name i never liked it... where did that come from anyway ? bing?!

Someone threw a penny at Steve Ballmer's bald head and that's the sound it made.

The Stark said,
BING! (I love the name BTW)

Won't replace google as the universally used term to describe a search.

"How did you find the answer?"
a) I googled it
b) I binged it

dotf said,

Won't replace google as the universally used term to describe a search.

"How did you find the answer?"
a) I googled it
b) I binged it

What if Microsoft marketed Bing using a cross country tour bus that they invite attractive women to ride along in, called the Bing Bus.

I can see how the acquisition of Yahoo would benefit Microsoft strategically, but financially in the short term, it might be burdensome.

Joey S said,
I can see how the acquisition of Yahoo would benefit Microsoft strategically, but financially in the short term, it might be burdensome.
Buying the entire turd? No, they won't benefit I believe. But if they are after email and messenger users, they could benefit from that. What value is the rest of Yahoo?

smooth3006 said,
well there goes yahoo then... i bet microsoft with go all metro with this as well..

Lol! Just like Google has been going all Metro in recent times with Search, Gmail, Reader, Youtube etc. Lol!

smooth3006 said,
well there goes yahoo then... i bet microsoft with go all metro with this as well..

In all fairness, Yahoo's been "going" for years now... Honestly, I think this certainly couldn't hurt...

Surely replace Yahoo Mail with Hotmail. Yahoo Mail is a spam haven, accounts there are easily compromised. Replace MSN portal or integrate it with the best of Yahoo! A lot of people visit Yahoo more.

Mr. Dee said,
Surely replace Yahoo Mail with Hotmail. Yahoo Mail is a spam haven, accounts there are easily compromised. Replace MSN portal or integrate it with the best of Yahoo! A lot of people visit Yahoo more.

Well Hotmail accounts really aren't any better in the compromised department

Mr. Dee said,
Surely replace Yahoo Mail with Hotmail. Yahoo Mail is a spam haven, accounts there are easily compromised. Replace MSN portal or integrate it with the best of Yahoo! A lot of people visit Yahoo more.

Yahoo Mail's new interface is 100x better than Hotmail

still1 said,
i really wish M buy Y!!! Y is dying and M need some traffic towards Bing and some online services....

Redirecting traffic from another site is different from users actively choosing to search with Bing instead of Google. That is to say, Microsoft is gaining market-share, but not mind-share. Although additional market share does help improve search results over time.

If Yahoo.com and it's numerous services make a good profit it's a no brainer for Microsoft, MSN is money down the drain since it started with no signs of it changing. That's one ready made side of Yahoo they need without a doubt.