Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 1st Feb 2008 13:00 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Microsoft Microsoft has offered to buy the search engine company Yahoo for USD 44.6bn in cash and shares. The offer, contained in a letter to Yahoo's board, is 62% above Yahoo's closing share price on Thursday. Yahoo cut its revenue forecasts earlier this week and said it would have to spend an additional USD 300m this year trying to revive the company. It has been struggling in recent years to compete with Google, which has also been a competitor to Microsoft. Update: More here.
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by alucinor on Fri 1st Feb 2008 18:51 UTC
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I don't see how Microsoft is going to digest this infrastructure. Are they going to waste time and money converting Yahoo's PHP/BSD/Linux infrastructure to .NET and Windows? If they do, it's going to be a drag on further growth of this part of their business. If they don't, it'll be a major blow to Microsoft's campaign against open source and be a validation by Microsoft itself that PHP is a better choice over ASP for large scalable web architecture, and BSD is better than Windows. And they won't be able to integrate with their MSN stuff. Not to mention, everyone who worked in the MSN division of Microsoft is probably feeling a bit betrayed by this move.

I don't think the business/marketing people who probably decided to do this really thought about the technical implications and how it could affect Microsoft developer's perception of Windows and .NET.

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