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Microsoft Yahoo Inc's board believes Microsoft Corp's unsolicited bid of USD 44.6 billion to acquire Yahoo 'massively undervalues' the company and directors are set to reject the offer, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, citing an unnamed source. Microsoft's USD 31 per share offer fails to take account of the risks that a merger between the world's largest software maker and Yahoo would be rejected by regulators, the paper reported, citing 'a person familiar with the situation'. A spokeswoman for Yahoo, a diversified Internet media company, declined to comment on the proceedings of the company's board of directors.
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RE: Yahoo still has a chance
by google_ninja on Sun 10th Feb 2008 00:14 UTC in reply to "Yahoo still has a chance"
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2006-02-05

Yahoo also has a chance to do something great with Zimbra if they play their cards right. The MS deal could be as much about fear of a viable open source Exchange competitor (as Novell already canned Hula) as about gaining better brand recognition and marketshare.


Honestly, I doubt MS has to worry about its exchange deployments so much as IBM has to worry about lotus when it comes to Zimbra. If you are a MS shop, exchange is so well integrated with your existing technologies that there is no real point to go anywhere else. If you are a mixed shop, or a nix shop, there is no real reason to go exchange.

MS would do well to eject Ballmer, who has major Google-envy, and focus on .NET -- probably the best thing to have ever come out of that company.


Hell yeah. Ballmer has repeatedly shown himself to be a complete loon.

I don't know how they can focus any more on .net though. It is moving so fast as it is, that hard for us developers to keep up. Look at 3.5... WPF is HUGE, WCF is HUGE, WF and CardSpaces are big, but not as massive as the first two. Not to mention the optional frameworks coming down the pipe (like MVC and Astoria (for REST) for us ASP guys). Its going to take a few years to get a handle on what we have, let alone get comfortable with it.

Why not take that 40 billion and fork it out as bounties to developers to enhance a new Windows kernel and .NET runtime? That would be so killer. Their bounties for significant contributions could be huge. And if they released the specs as open and free but kept the implementations for themselves, they would gain goodwill from the majority of the contributors, I would imagine, who would go home with nice chunks of change anyways.


I would be willing to kill to get them to put .net under the MS-PL. That is a pipe dream though, at least for the foreseeable future. And there really is no chance for them to open up windows.

it is fun to dream though.

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RE[2]: Yahoo still has a chance
by alucinor on Sun 10th Feb 2008 19:08 in reply to "RE: Yahoo still has a chance"
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2006-01-06

"If you are a MS shop, exchange is so well integrated with your existing technologies that there is no real point to go anywhere else."

Well, at least Zimbra provides a migration path away from Exchange for those who want it. For instance, the company I work for has been moving away from MS ever since MS has started making moves into our market, healthcare IT. Their purchase of WebMD and talk about creating their own electronic medical record banks has us looking to move our .NET stuff to Java and more applications to Linux. We're not comfortable with relying on a competitor's technology. Internally, it's not so much a problem, but we don't like selling products that rely on a competitor's underlying platform. But we eat our own dogfood, as the saying goes, so we're learning how to run an open source in-house IT for at least our IP wing since that's now our preferred deployment target. And we're finding that this part of our infrastructure is giving us a lot less headaches after some initial tweaking.

Edited 2008-02-10 19:13 UTC

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