Microsoft says it’s back in talks with Yahoo

Microsoft Corp. today issued the following statement:

In light of developments since the withdrawal of the Microsoft proposal to acquire Yahoo! Inc., Microsoft announced that it is continuing to explore and pursue its alternatives to improve and expand its online services and advertising business. Microsoft is considering and has raised with Yahoo! an alternative that would involve a transaction with Yahoo! but not an acquisition of all of Yahoo! Microsoft is not proposing to make a new bid to acquire all of Yahoo! at this time, but reserves the right to reconsider that alternative depending on future developments and discussions that may take place with Yahoo! or discussions with shareholders of Yahoo! or Microsoft or with other third parties.

There of course can be no assurance that any transaction will result from these discussions.

Source: Microsloth

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Jim-TIV” for the heads up.]

35 Comments

  1. I was quite glad to hear that MS is back in the Yahoo hunt. This move is reminiscent of the Time Warner and AOL’s union.

    Yahoo has been going down hill (I guess following Microsoft’s lead). Ultimately, MS’s lack of innovation will catch up to them – nothing like hanging a huge albatross around their neck to speed up the process. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  2. please, don’t ANYONE suggest that uncle fester be taken away from his spot at the head of this titanic in waiting. Besides being fun to watch, it’s one of the best things for Apple.

  3. Oooooohhhhh yes! Google and their little girlfriend Apple have to be crapping in their pants on this news. They thought they were safe. The marriage of Microsoft’s market leading and innovative internet technologies and the hip, young brand that is Yahoo is a genius move. There are like a bazillion ways these companies compliment each other and their union will have an immediate effect on how we use the web.

    How do you compete with that? Buh-bye Google and Apple.

    Your potential. Our passion.™

  4. Funny, but I got half way through reading that and noticed I was yawning.

    MW: Study. Has anyone done a study how frequently people yawn while reading about what MS are up to?

  5. The Ballmer-led Microsoft is clearly a company in search of a clue. Yes we do want Yahoo… no we don’t, we’ll be just fine without them… no wait, maybe we do want Yahoo… nothing like publicly flip-flopping multiple times on a merger deal which could completely change your company.

    As I’ve said before, I would really really hate the decreased choices on the internet resulting from MS and Yahoo joining forces in any meaningful way. MS certainly seems to be approaching a crisis point regardless of their involvement with Yahoo, so I’m not particularly excited to see Yahoo get sacrificed to accelerate that approaching crisis point.

    Hopefully, everyone involved can negotiate like grown-ups (which means finding someone other than Ballmer on the MS side) and finally get this thing figured out, so their companies can actually move forward knowing where the heck they’re going – preferably in separate directions.

    MW: lost – for Microsoft, extraordinarily appropriate.

  6. I love hearing all the talk of how this “merger” (hostile takeover) with Yahoo! would strengthen Microsoft’s ability to compete with Google.

    Like they’ve done such a bang up job with MS-Whatever-We’re currently fielding…

  7. Now that we’ve knocked a couple of bucks off the share price, we are now happy to offer you $25/share instead of the $30/share we offered earlier. Of course, we would never do this intentionally [make a lowball offer, then cancel the offer, thus driving the price down]…

  8. MS is strong in business, not necessarily tech. This persistence has to fit into some master plan. Don’t write them off completely.

    The only master plan I see is “Completely piss away licensing revenue from a monopoly past, on increasingly desperate straw-grasps at the future”.

    MS only sees users and market share, and is fatally betting those users will stay loyal once MS fscks Yahoo up. MS doesn’t get the notion of non-entrenched users who are truly free to choose…

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