Wow! That is indeed something that will raise a trillion eyebrows. This has indeed brought a lot of smiles in the faces of several MS and YAHOO stock holders....not for long!
Yes, this has been one of the most sizzling stories of recent times...and the 'would have been' the monstrous deals of recent times and of course in the history of Microsoft. Yes, I did say 'would have been'. In my opinion, this is certainly not the right thing to happen (and most likely will not materialize). I have three good reasons to support my opinion...
- The first and foremost reason being - A Profile Mismatch
- MS being totally into the product space (starting from an Operating System space)
- MS later branched into hosted application space and the portal space
- MS has not been into the middleware space - though having tried to do something here by some acquisitions (like that of Groove Networks)
- Yahoo has predominantly been in the Search business
- Yahoo has spread its offerings into the Internet world - collaboration space
- Yahoo also went into signing a deal with the Big Blue and rolled out the IBM Omnifind Yahoo! Edition, which was a move to get a hold in the enterprise search engine space
It was not long ago (in 2005) that Bill Gates treated Google and Yahoo as new-kids-in-the-block. He even said that Google search API's were not as good as Microsoft's!!!
"With Google, there are rumors about them being interested in that services piece, but they really haven't done that much. Our search API is way better than their search API
- Bill Gates, at Microsoft Professional Developer Conference in 2005
This is always going to be an interesting thing - The Microsoft - Google war!