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Microsoft couldn't get all of Yahoo, but it can still get some Yahoo employees

Microsoft may not have been able to complete the deal to buyout Yahoo, but the company has now launched a recruiting campaign aimed at Yahoo's engineers.

"There is just great search talent here," Microsoft spokesperson Doug Free said during an interview.

Microsoft has several offices in the San Francisco Bay Area, where it is now showing a renewed interest in adding office space and employees.  Microsoft already has offices in San Francisco and Mountain View -- about one million square feet of office space -- and 2,000 employees.

Microsoft would have been able to add 2 million square feet of office space and an additional 5,000 employees to its Bay Area roster.

The fallout from the failed Microsoft deal has seen a number of Yahoo executives flee the company over the past several months.  The Mountain View-based company also laid off 1,000 employees in February.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, Microsoft sent a detailed email to marketing staff and select engineers. "Your name was brought to my attention as someone who may be very knowledgeable in the online business space," the email reportedly said.  "I know a lot of people from Yahoo have been reaching out to us lately because they are nervous about the pending layoffs.  I wanted to give you an opportunity to explore Microsoft careers as well."   

sent emails to Microsoft asking for further details regarding its recruiting goals, but has not yet received a reply.

But executives leaving Yahoo may be more likely to join one of the many Silicon Valley start up companies.  

Bloomberg spoke with several recruiters who said Yahoo executives have contacted him, but likely wouldn't have done so if the company wasn't currently undergoing restructuring.  Several of the ex-Yahoo executives avoided Microsoft by joining Silicon Valley start ups Topspin and Auditude, SearchMe and Nuance.

Microsoft is continuing its hunt for Yahoo executives after placing ads in the San Jose Mercury News newspaper.

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"Microsoft Recruiting Engineers Away from Yahoo"
By amanojaku on 6/24/2008 1:38:23 PM , Rating: 2
Gasp! Didn't see THAT one coming! :-o

By spluurfg on 6/24/2008 1:42:36 PM , Rating: 1
Yet Yahoo still has a lofty valuation multiple significantly higher than Google's. Faith in Carl Icahn, I suppose!

Still a 5% short interest though...

By BladeVenom on 6/24/2008 2:05:24 PM , Rating: 2
You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.

By Gul Westfale on 6/24/2008 3:02:56 PM , Rating: 5
why exactly does yahoo need engineers? how hard can it be to make more annoying ads? a crappy email service? what are they engineering there exactly? if the whole goddamn company simply disappeared from one day to the next, would you really notice?

By Adonlude on 6/24/2008 3:40:57 PM , Rating: 2
if the whole goddamn company simply disappeared from one day to the next, would you really notice?
Yes, I look up movie times on Yahoo... that is all I use it for.

By akugami on 6/24/2008 4:20:26 PM , Rating: 2
I happen to like and which I think are two parts of Yahoo that are really good and hope Google picks up on these.

By Jedi2155 on 6/25/2008 2:45:42 AM , Rating: 2
I still use Yahoo as my primary e-mail for all things entertainment related. I find their new webmail interface to be my favorite one yet with all the drag-drop features and to be very fast it. Definitely better than Gmail and other web based email interfaces I've used.

I also love a lot little things they offer so I'd hate to them go away.

Yahoo <3.

By afkrotch on 6/25/2008 4:32:27 AM , Rating: 2
Yahoo Auctions Japan is the best online auction site in Japan. Not even Ebay can compete.

By mindless1 on 6/26/2008 6:05:27 PM , Rating: 2
What don't you understand? Yahoo is the 2nd largest in the world after Google, whether or not you personally use Yahoo for anything is fairly irrelevant since millions of other people do.

Yahoo does have a lot of useful services. Maybe your illogical bias keeps you from finding out about them. Much more going on at Yahoo than just serving some ads, remember you have to have the content to get people there to see an ad or were you overlooking that this would be what engineers are doing?

I'm not suggesting you have to prefer Yahoo or anything like that, but facts are facts and the fact is they have a very large presence on the internet - large enough that MS was going to cough up a very large sum of money to assimilate them.

By mindless1 on 6/26/2008 6:08:08 PM , Rating: 2
Also, that several people rated up your comments to a 5 is a good example of how ignorant (or biased) some dailytech readers are, and how worthless the rating system is.

No anti-compete clauses?
By mattclary on 6/24/2008 5:40:57 PM , Rating: 2
Usually developers are covered by anti-compete clauses. Wonder how they plan to dodge that.

RE: No anti-compete clauses?
By Pudro on 6/25/2008 4:15:51 AM , Rating: 3
Any and all non-compete agreements are void in the state of California. This includes out-of-state agreements when someone leaves a state where the NCA is valid to work for a competitor in California.

And frankly, that is good for the industries and good for the workers as well. Massachusetts is looking into something similar (mainly because of how their tech industry has stalled).

RE: No anti-compete clauses?
By spluurfg on 6/25/2008 8:07:02 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, non competes are fairly weak in general, especially in the tech sector. It really varies state to state, and depending on the geographical and time limitations imposed.

Noncompetes for people being hired by local dental or medical practices preventing people from quitting and setting up shop in the immediate vicinity are more commonly upheld.

Stealing Executives???
By DXRick on 6/24/2008 3:24:56 PM , Rating: 3
I gotta laugh at this one! They are stealing executive/manager types?? If they want the search engine, should they not be stealing the developers/programmers, who are writing and maintaining the search engine, so they could write their own??

And In Other News Today...
By mikefarinha on 6/24/2008 3:09:55 PM , Rating: 2
I just saw this on Reuters, take it for what it is... unconfirmed reports

Microsoft, Yahoo buyout talks back on: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp is back in talks to buy out Yahoo Inc, technology blog TechCrunch reported on Tuesday, citing multiple unnamed sources at both companies. Both Microsoft and Yahoo declined comment. "The information we have is thin, but what one source is saying that Microsoft is talking a price lower than the $33 they were offering when the talks disintegrated in May," the report said. Yahoo shares rose 5.73 percent to $22.68 on the Nasdaq in afternoon trading. (Reporting by Kenneth Li; Editing by Andre Grenon)

rats in water
By vapore0n on 6/24/2008 4:17:02 PM , Rating: 2
it may be that Yahoo engineers are jumping out of that sinking ship?

Jumping Ship!
By TimberJon on 6/24/08, Rating: 0
“We do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone.” -- Steve Jobs

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