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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I don't get it, why does this keep coming up? Didn't we just read a news release about Microsoft wanting to improve their own search capabilities? I thought Microsoft said they walked away from this for good?

Either make the deal or don't. But quit flip flopping.

Being apart of the early internet and growing up with knowing companies like Yahoo, it would be sad to see them be acquired and then slowly faded off into the history books.. They should stick around.. just dont understand why Yahoo isnt doing so well.. They've got so many services.. I guess.. Google really did master their core product..

WAR-DOG said,
who is using yahoo anyway? :S

I know a lot of people still rely on Yahoo. You have to remember, Yahoo has been around a lot longer than Google. Some people since it was their first search engine, are perfectly happy to continue using them. Especially those who rely on their Yahoo.com email accounts.

I still have my Yahoo email accounts (one personal and other for business stuff like ebay). Nearly everyone I know still uses their email service or Yahoo Messenger, and most of the people I fix computers for want it as their home page.

Why not use Yahoo? You sign up and they don't ask for any private info. Then you get access to Flickr and their other stuff too. It's not like MS, who want a blood sample, your Windows key, and a three-way encrypted authentication (that mysteriously only works on IE and requires Silverlight and a Zune) every time you click on link, or Google, who want to monitor all your activities.

Anyway, email isn't worth anything. The big money is in search engines and social timewasting.

[< snipped > - If you don't agree something should be an article, then don't read it and don't comment on it - Calum]

Makeup your damn minds already!

To those who think that Google is the end all be all. Let me give a small education. Not to long ago, everyone was saying "Aol Keyword" including in commericals "You can find us online and at aol key word....." and yet these days Aol is like a black & white TV was to those of us who are old enough to remember that B&W existed. I'm not saying thats what will happen to Google, all I'm saying is never say never.....
And that ends the education for today.

well put. although i hope it doesn't come true, it should not be excluded from consideration. i never liked AOL even when it was ubiquitous as Google appears to be today, so i dont miss AOL one bit. I do, however, like Google so i would be kind of sad if it followed this pattern. I'd then move on to the 'next big thing'

So Microsoft wanted to merge with Yahoo, but Yahoo said no. Then Microsoft tried to eat Yahoo, and Yahoo said no. Then Microsoft gave up and Yahoo's stock dropped. Then Yahoo begged Microsoft to merge and Microsoft said no. Then Yahoo said "F'em" and gave up in bitter disgust. Now, Microsoft said it might want Yahoo again?

Microsoft never want to merge with Yahoo they wanted to acquire them. It's slightly different. Microsoft will eventually buy them, not for very much though.

thealexweb said,
Microsoft never want to merge with Yahoo they wanted to acquire them. It's slightly different. Microsoft will eventually buy them, not for very much though.

hold on, so there is not going to be anything like Microhoo happening soon?

I don't think anyone can possible compete with Search Giant (Google). May be in next 10-12years?? Google is simply the biggest internet phenomena and almost all of the people iwth whom i speak youngsters,elders,kids know there is no other Search Engine other than Google which "just works"

rakeshishere said,
I don't think anyone can possible compete with Search Giant (Google). May be in next 10-12years?? Google is simply the biggest internet phenomena and almost all of the people iwth whom i speak youngsters,elders,kids know there is no other Search Engine other than Google which "just works"

There is always room for improvement. A search engine that offers more features the people want can overtake Google. I'm annoyed at how many clicks it takes me to do an advance search for more recent pages lately. WoW information gets old fast with all the patches that come out..most of the time I'm looking for something posted within the last month or two... but Google buries these options.

rakeshishere said,
I don't think anyone can possible compete with Search Giant (Google). May be in next 10-12years?? Google is simply the biggest internet phenomena and almost all of the people iwth whom i speak youngsters,elders,kids know there is no other Search Engine other than Google which "just works"

Depend.
As a social fame, Google is unbeatable.

But as a business, even Yahoo can kick ass Google. Google spend a lot of money giving away free services and currently they have little (or not) returns.

For every dollar you invest in Google, then you earn less that if you invest the same money on Yahoo.

rakeshishere said,
I don't think anyone can possible compete with Search Giant (Google). Google is simply the biggest internet phenomena

Google is a man of straw, it's share price beyond all reality. Their advertising revenue could easily dwindle to almost nothing. (example: commercial TV Magazines and Newspapers!) None of their services are unique, nor do they cost much to implement. Google could vanish as quick as they appeared, and they know it!

Magallanes said,
For every dollar you invest in Google, then you earn less that if you invest the same money on Yahoo.


That's funny because if you invested one dollar in both Yahoo! and Google one year ago the Yahoo! dollar would now be worth 44¢ but on the Google side you would be sitting happy with almost 70¢, okay maybe not happy, but at least its enough to super size your next combo! Take almost any other timeframe you like and Google's stock has outperformed Yahoo!'s. As far as I know neither company pays a dividend so the stock performance is the bottom line when it comes to investment performance.

Google has already lost out to Yandex in Russia, I don't think its impossible to beat Google, but yeah its a pretty tough job.

Oh please. The way Google mocks people's privacy it's only a matter of time before they collapse completely.

If only there was some meaning or actual intent behind their hypocritical motto.