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Microsoft and Yahoo: Never Mind

FYI: You're in for some exceptionally short RCPUs this week because your editor is still on (or, perhaps, over) deadline for RCP the magazine. We'll resume normal service next week (hopefully) with plenty of verbosity.

In the meantime, thank goodness we can put this Microsoft-Yahoo thing to bed...at least, for now. With Microsoft having dropped its bid for Yahoo (over the weekend -- nice one, Redmond), it's all over but the shouting and the endless speculation and analysis.

Fine with us. We stopped following the gritty details of this non-deal weeks -- uh, oh dear, months -- ago, when it became obvious to us that partners didn't care much about it and that all the "insider" dribble spilled in print and posted on the Web was pretty much meaningless.

So Microsoft is still way behind Google in search and all of its various revenue streams. OK, fine. Nothing has changed there, and it probably wasn't going to, anyway. We're more concerned about issues such as Microsoft's SaaS efforts, which seem to be progressing, and the big server rollout that could put lots of dough in partner pockets.

In fact, the only reason this entry is leading off RCPU is because it's dominating tech news today to the extent that there's almost nothing else to write about. So, consider this the Seinfeld of RCPU entries -- it's an entry about nothing. And nothing is exactly what all the Microsoft-Yahoo talk led to.

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Posted by Lee Pender on May 06, 2008 at 11:54 AM


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