Barney's Blog

Blog archive

Yahoo Says Ya-Noo!

Yahoo's board of directors this weekend formally rejected Microsoft's takeover offer. The board apparently wants either more dough or to hook up with a different partner, such as Google (which would raise antitrust concerns) or AOL.

I'm no stock market whiz (and have the losses to prove it!), but as I understand it, the Microsoft bid was a huge premium over Yahoo's existing share price. And Microsoft offers the ailing Yahoo resources, market share and commitment -- things Yahoo needs.

On the flip side, I still don't think this deal is in Microsoft's best interest, especially if it spends far more than the $44.5 billion it already has on the table.

Instead of trying to out-Google Google, imagine what could be done if all that money were placed in the hands of a bunch of young, smart programmers and visionaries.

Posted by Doug Barney on February 11, 2008 at 11:52 AM


Featured

  • Everything Microsoft Announced at Its Surface Event

    Microsoft showed off its updated and expanded line of Surface devices this week, positioning the new Surface Laptop Studio as its flagship Windows 11 laptop.

  • M&A in Microsoft Channel: Progress Acquires Kemp

    Longtime Microsoft partner Progress Software is acquiring another Microsoft partner in Kemp Technologies.

  • The 2021 Microsoft Product Roadmap

    From Windows 10X to the next generation of Microsoft's application server products, here are the product milestones coming down the pipeline in 2021.

  • Microsoft Says System Center 2022 Will Arrive Early Next Year

    Microsoft is planning to release its new System Center product in the first quarter of 2022, with a private preview arriving within months.