I didn't think Microsoft's unsolicited bid for Yahoo for a measly $47.5bn would cut the mustard - what a waste of time. It reminds me of the time that Ballmer thought he could buy the BBC which isn't even a saleable commodity - what a jerk.<br><br>km<br><br>
Loc: Sunnyvale, CA mostly
Well, I note this in the intros for the <strong>Valleywag</strong> feed at my personal news source/site:<blockquote>Is Ballmer on his way out -- and if so, who's the next CEO? [Exits]<br>Emails are flying out of Redmond with this speculation: Ballmer's botched $50 billion bid for Yahoo could mean the end of his career. While Microsoft's board reportedly gave the CEO considerable leeway in handling the deal, his dithering approach and his failure to sell the deal both to Yahoo's board and Microsoft's own executives don't reflect well on the sweaty screamer. The only problem: Microsoft has no obvious successor for Ballmer. Kevin Johnson, president of Microsoft's Platform and Services Division, which includes Windows and MSN, is the most likely candidate. But like Ballmer, he has a sales background, and he, too, was involved in the failed Yahoo bid. Chief operating officer Kevin Turner is despised within the company, and despite previously being Wal-Mart's CIO, he's not seen as having the right kind of technology background. Ray Ozzie, a respected innovator, has yet to introduce any game-changing new products. Robbie Bach heads up the division that houses the Xbox, one of Microsoft's few hits outside Windows and Office — but he seems too disconnected from Microsoft's core businesses. The rest? A muddle of undistinguished Microsoft lifers and recently imported suits.<br>Publ.Date : Sat, 03 May 2008 18:00:00 PDT<br><br>Microsoft-Yahoo failure is Google's first Washington win [Antitrust]<br>Microsoft's bid for Yahoo may have been dropped at a meeting in Washington state, but it was lost in Washington, D.C. Google's first word on the prospective deal, from top lawyer David Drummond, was of the cominbation's monopoly in email and instant messaging. That proved the last word, too. By making Yahoo fearful of regulatory scrutiny, Drummond and his lobbyists were able to put steel in Jerry Yang and David Filo's backbones to hold out for a higher price, and demand other conditions besides. The notion that Microsoft might pursue a Yahoo bid and have it nixed, leaving Yahoo incurably weakened, may give Yang and Filo some protection from inevitable shareholder lawsuits. But Google, by keeping Yahoo out of Microsoft's hands, is the real winner.<br>Publ.Date : Sat, 03 May 2008 17:30:00 PDT<br><br>Yahoo's $37 demand talks, Microsoft's $33 offer walks [Acquisitions]<br>Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer heeded our advice and walked away from a bid for Yahoo. Did he dodge a potentially career-ending bullet? "The talks broke down this afternoon after a face to face meeting in the Seattle area that included Microsoft CEO Steve ballmer, Microsoft exec. kevin johnson, and Yahoo co-founders Jerry Yang and David Filo." [All Things Digital] (Photo by Yodel Anecdotal)<br>Publ.Date : Sat, 03 May 2008 17:16:22 PDT</blockquote>The first and last intros are contradictory in that one sorta paints the failed tender as a career killer, whereas the last one sorta paints the retraction as a career saver. I have no comment as to Yahoo's worth (or lack of), and hope the Google deal works for them.<br><br>And Google comes out the winner .<br><br>Ed<br><br>[color:purple]Information isn't a connection - It doesn't stir people</font color=purple>
[color:blue]""We have a talented team in place and a compelling plan to grow our business through innovative new services and strategic transactions with other business partners," Ballmer said. "While Yahoo would have accelerated our strategy, I am confident that we can continue to move forward toward our goals."</font color=blue><br><br>'Innovation'? <br>Microsoft?<br><br><br><br>[color:blue][/b]Hodie mihi. Cras tibi.</font color=blue>[/b]
I seem to recall that their last innovative idea was to abolish pencils in favour or some tablet contraption but as far as I can see pencils are still in widespread use. With a pencil you can just slip into your pocket, write with it, erase with it, sharpen it - and its cheap.<br><br>km<br><br>
Plus virus protection - if there's no lead in your pencil, you don't need a rubber...<br><br>[color:purple]A lopsided man runs best along the little side-hills of success<br>- Frank Moore Colby</font color=purple>
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<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>""We have a talented team in place and a compelling plan to grow our business through innovative new services and strategic transactions with other business partners," Ballmer said. "While Yahoo would have accelerated our strategy, I am confident that we can continue to move forward toward our goals."<br><br>'Innovation'? <br>Microsoft?<p><hr></blockquote><p>Hey, remember, that's Mr. Balmer whom your quoting! <br>This is the same guy who laughed off the iPod and predicted the iPhone would fail since IT wasn't 'supposed' to be innovative!<br><br><br><br><br>My Wii: 5721 8516 7937 9434 (PM me if you Wii)
Loc: Finland, on the Arctic Circle
Hey now. I think you're being too harsh there on Microsoft. I firmly believe the words 'innovation' and 'Microsoft' can co-exist in the same sentence. That is, when there's a word like 'purchase' or 'buy' or 'corporate takeover' accompanying them in between. Thus, Yahoo! potentially accelerating their strategy [via a purchase] would have been correct.<br><br>
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