Microsoft and Yahoo – One Day Later

In little more than a day you can take your pick of stories that best fit your opinion of the Microsoft bid for Yahoo!. Once you get past the Microhoo and Yasoft jokes, you can find everything from How The Mighty Have Fallen to Futures Jump on Microsoft/Yahoo Potential Merger to Why Microsoft’s Bid Helps Google, IBM and Apple.

From The NY Times,

Today, Microsoft lacks both the weaponry and the nimbleness to compete with Google. Its operating system monopoly gives it no advantages in this battle. People can use Microsoft’s operating system and browser to get to the Internet — and to Google — or they can use Apple’s.

Yes, that’s true. But aside from Gmail, Google has very little in the way of destinations in their lineup. How many millions of queries are made with the goal of using Google’s search engine to arrive at a Yahoo or Microsoft property?

The blogging world is abuzz with news, comments, flames, opinions and the deal hasn’t taken place yet. Want to feed your thirst for opinion? Start here. 5,167 entries in the past 12 hours. Lots of opinions here at Webmasterworld as well. Not content with one story, Search Engine Land had five on the subject.

Many discussions center on the perception that Microsoft is evil. And with 1,690,000 results, it looks like a lot of folks think Microsoft is truly evil. Then again, check the results for Google is Evil

Innovation you say? Microsoft doesn’t innovate? Take a look at Google’s product offerings and apart from search and AdSense, where is the innovation?

As for me, I’m going to try to ignore the ordeal until the merger takes place, if it takes place. What happens after the merger is what I’m interested in.

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  1. I really disagree w/ you: I see no innovation from M$ just copy/paste of others’ ideas.

    Google & Yahoo! are IMO innovative & fun.

    I can tell M$ is evil…

  2. DG

    Hmm. What was Gmail? Froogle? Docs? Knol?

  3. @Default Layouts: I am extremely glad to report that the deal did not go through.

    @Bluebeetle(one): What I hate about M$ is their monopolistic attitude.Unfortunately is fast becoming the same thing.They are monopolizing the Internet.Do u remember the (in)famous October 2007 PageRank tsunami?

  4. @Default Layouts:The reason I said that I am extremely excited that the MS/Yahoo deal did not go through is because I hate this buying business.Microsoft should have used their Billions to kick start a new wave of Research and Development in order to come up with a top notch search engines and other Internet tools in order to counter the Google.Sad to learn that the Google is also specializing in buying new promising startups.

  5. @Bluebeetle(one): What I hate about M$ is their monopolistic attitude.Unfortunately Google is fast becoming the same thing.They are monopolizing the Internet.Do u remember the (in)famous October 2007 PageRank tsunami?




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