Should Microsoft buy Yahoo?

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The big story this morning – based on a highly speculative report in The New York Post – suggests that there could be a $50 billion deal in the making, as Microsoft makes plans to buy Yahoo. Now WSJ is reporting on the deal, saying the talks are at very early stage.

UBS Research has some interesting stats on the combined company, if the merger does happen.

A combined MSFT/YHOO would have 38% of US search share (vs. GOOG 48%), 27% worldwide (vs. GOOG 66%), 12% of US total page views (vs. GOOG 3%), and 19% of US total minutes (vs GOOG 3%).

There are varied opinions on this deal, and to me it does seem like a bad idea. Marrying a company with Internet DNA (Yahoo) with another who can’t take a step forward without turning its neck twice (looking back at the PC) is not that easy. Will this deal become the 21st century version of AOL-Time Warner merger, and a high-water mark for the current boom?

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Lucas da Costa Dantas

Lets i make my example here ….

I always liked GeocitiesDOTcom cause of they amazing free web service
(love it)…

Then YaHoO buy it ,to me it are still Geocities but now with Yahoo logo .
You see ,the key marketing about all of this are simple to keep the same
services to the users that are Yahoo? Microsoft? but the service they use !!!!!!

Some cannot just fight that captalism way ,lots of stuff are to be made
opensource and free .And the key to caugth the users to this is
for trap it to its community marketing,forums,blogs that keep it online
on its services .
And it is something that not happen to a offline product ,
muttating online for a better place like free roads with free services ,
are made it virtual for your stay .
Else everyone just keep it offline and better live they lives for real with
what they pay for .
and not only internet access .

Adi

I am completely against the Merger between Yahoo & Microsoft.
First off the bet, I have noticed that when ever Microsoft buys off something, it changes it to its advantage….that is what happened to HOTMAIL remember back in the day……
YAHOO has one of the best Email systems out there. It also promotes its email interface to other ISP providers like ROGES in Canada, etc…If MS bought over yahoo, all the nice and quickness would have been gone. Today Yahoo is one of the fastest email in the world…Look at Hotmail on the other hand…
Also other products like the calender, Flicker (Yahoo Photos), etc are cool features that make yahoo Special in its own way.

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