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
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
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