Pender's Blog

Blog archive

More Microsoft-Yahoo Maneuvering

Keeping in mind, as always, that very few people actually know what's going on with this deal, Microsoft and Yahoo continued their awkward courtship this week after Yahoo's rejection of Microsoft's first buyout overture.

With Valentine's Day approaching, this story has all the makings of a romance that wobbles at first but then blossoms, like something out of a lame but popular romantic comedy (actually, is there any other kind?). With a major Yahoo investor telling Microsoft to up the ante a bit, we basically have the female lead's (Yahoo's) eccentric but influential best friend encouraging a potential beau (Microsoft) to keep calling and sending flowers -- or something like that. We can hear it now: "She's very independent! You've got to win her love!" (Um, we're not screenwriters, OK?)

The only question is whether Yahoo will eventually fall for the multibillion-dollar gleam in Microsoft's eyes or whether some quirky-but-cool guy will slide in at the last minute, expose Microsoft as a big jerk, and make off with Yahoo's affections for himself. (The role of the quirky guy -- another buyer -- is still very much open at this point.)

Most pundits seem to point to an eventual Microsoft-Yahoo kiss under a white gazebo at sunset followed by a blissful wedding (then, possibly, years of acrimony -- stop us if you've heard this before), but then again, nobody really knows what's going to happen. That's what makes the story so exciting!

We haven't had too much reaction to Microsoft-Yahoo so far. Let us know what you think at lpender@rcpmag.com.

Posted by Lee Pender on February 13, 2008 at 11:54 AM


Featured

  • The 2019 Microsoft Product Roadmap

    From the next major update to Windows 10 to the next generation of HoloLens, here's what's on tap from Microsoft this year.

  • Microsoft Delivers 'Light' September Security Patch Bundle

    Microsoft on Tuesday released September security patches for Windows and applications, addressing 85 vulnerabilities.

  • Satellite Partners Now Connect to Azure ExpressRoute Service

    Satellite partners are working with Microsoft to extend Azure ExpressRoute's private Internet connections to organizations in isolated regions.

  • Microsoft Ending Windows Analytics in January

    The Windows Analytics suite of Windows 10 upgrade utilities will "retire" on Jan. 31, 2020, with Desktop Analytics taking its place, Microsoft announced on Friday.

RCP Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.