MicroHoo

Microsoft are trying to buy Yahoo.

(Could be YahSoft I spose)

What do you think? good move? had to do it?

It smacks a bit of desperation to me. I wish they would just focus on what they do well – desktop.

Cheers

Simon

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6 Responses to “MicroHoo”

  1. Rob Bruce Says:

    Yup. Desperation.

    If you can’t beat Google (and that’s only a perception, BTW) buy another company that really can’t beat Google. Genius. Or desperation.

  2. Simon Says:

    2 wrongs dont make a right?
    2 lemons don’t make an orange?

  3. Stephane Rodriguez Says:

    1) Microsoft has a trademark problem. It’s synonym with bloated crap. I sense an exodus of folks using MyYahoo or Flickr or Yahoo news/finance, should this be associated with Microsoft in the future.

    2) They can’t compete on technology organically, their DNA. So they are out on the street with a truck of cash. Simply shameful. Competition is healthy. They are avoiding it. Once again.

    3) And I’d hate to be one of the guys in the Live team that was trying to compete on merit.

  4. Harlan Grove Says:

    Microsoft has been very lucky over the years. Landing the IBM PC-DOS contract way back was a nice stroke of luck. Having a primary competitor that went through a bout of profound stupidity as Lotus Development Corp did was perhaps even better. Then there were all their competitors who took so long to come out with Windows 95 upgrades like Lotus and Word Perfect. Not to mention their timely withdrawl from OS/2. Shame their lucky streak ended with that antitrust suit.

    Interesting to see how the EU competition authorities will react.

  5. Jon Peltier Says:

    I’m not sure it’s desperation, but I don’t understand the why. Microsoft must know something we all don’t.

  6. Simon Says:

    Great piece here:
    http://arstechnica.com/staff/fatbits.ars/2008/02/03/knee-deep-in-the-dead

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