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Microsoft still says it doesn't need Yahoo... but it adds, it might like to have Yahoo

Everyone knows the drama of Microsoft and Yahoo.  Or at least, most know the most recent developments, as the series' beginning at the end of January has been so long-running and drawn out that many have put the early developments out of mind. 

When DailyTech last reported on the ongoing drama, billionaire Icahn was preparing his board ouster with the help of potential future board member and vocal billionaire blogger Mark Cuban.  Microsoft said that it didn't want Yahoo, when Yahoo expressed fresh interest, but it softened a bit and applied for FTC approval of buying a portion of Yahoo stock to help Icahn, a pro-merger enthusiast, succeed in his takeover bid.

Now Microsoft's Ray Ozzie, the company's chief software architect is going on record and saying that Microsoft's interest is very alive and well.  Ozzie in an interview with eWeek discussed both Microsoft's current feelings for Yahoo and its online strategy in general.

Ozzie stated that Yahoo would speed up Microsoft's online vision -- the reason for its continued pursuit -- but that Yahoo did not define Microsoft online vision.  He mused, "Yahoo was not a strategy onto itself.  Yahoo is an accelerator. We'd love to still discuss possibilities with Yahoo."

These are significant words coming from the man billed as Bill Gates’ replacement as software visionary for the software giant.  Ozzie refused to spill the beans on the possible ongoing dialog between Microsoft and Yahoo.  Microsoft has mentioned in recent weeks that it is investigating interest in a potentially smaller deal that would stop short of a full merger.  A source knowledgeable about the talks says that Microsoft wants to snatch up Yahoo's search business and take a stake in the rest of the company.  In order for this to happen, Yahoo would sell of its sizeable Asian assets.

Bernstein Research analyst Charles Di Bona questioned Ozzie on Microsoft take on its rival Google.  Ozzie responded that Google was undoubtedly formidable, but that it was a familiar reoccurring face.   Said Ozzie, "Microsoft by necessity had to build up a culture of crisis.  Ever since the early, early days, Microsoft has always faced some amazing competitor that looked like it was going to be some roadblock to success."

He likes to compare the Google-Microsoft rivalry with the Lotus-Microsoft rivalry in the office software market in the 90s.  Ozzie says this competition is essential.  He says competition with Sony birthed the Xbox Live and Xbox 360 platforms.  And he says that competition has driven Microsoft to open parts of its software to its rivals to keep up with open source software.

He says that Microsoft is watching Google like a hawk and that Microsoft is going to make big changes based on the increased success of Google's "cloud computing" initiative.  Cloud computing is the trend towards multiple computers sharing resources and software through a centralized location, routed over the web.  Ozzie says that pure cloud computing like Google’s approach will ultimately lose to a hybrid approach.  He says that by halfway adopting cloud computing and half way sticking to traditional software, he feels Microsoft will have the edge.

"Software plus services is an industry trend, not just a Microsoft trend," he points out.  Ozzie points to Google and's efforts to develop offline applications.

While Ozzie's dialog provided little in the way of finalized details, it offered an interesting look at Microsoft current stance on Yahoo and where it sees itself in terms of competing with Google.

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Today on "Days of our .COM's"...
By MrBlastman on 5/29/2008 2:43:30 PM , Rating: 5
... "But Ray!, I love you!, I know I hurt you so but if you must really know I do truly care." A teary-eyed Miss Yahoo muttered with exasperation "Please Ray, please say it can be."

Ray, a poignant but authoritatively dashing young man pulled a cigar out of his mouth. He had slicked back jet-black hair, the eyes of a movie star and that one of a kind mustache that blurted out sophistication and grande machismo that only a true man of power could hold. Biting his lip as he gazed downward at his ashtray.

A few quick flicks and he brought the large Cuban to his lips again, taking a big deep puff sending a wafting plume into the air.

He turned to Yahoo and with a sheepish look began to lament: "Oh my Yahoo, I know, I know, we need to be together but Dad.. Dad is, well, you know how he is! That man... That machine, oh it is all about the numbers. What will the marriage bring? What kind of costs will be involved with the dinner? How much will the grandchildren cost a year. What will be the cost to insure you on the medical plan! Oh he vexes me sometimes but the man is wise. We'll just... have... to be patient my dear, just a little longer sweet sunshine."

Yahoo grabbed her hair and laid her eyes in her palms and began to sob and ran out of the house bawling uncontrollably.

A few hours later in the M.Soft family mansion a thunderous proclamation boomed across the lawn out of an open window. "I'll have none of that nonsense! The numbers just do not add up! Look, Ray, I realize you are in love with Miss Yahoo, but you are thinking with your proboscis and not your noggin! You WILL DROP THIS RIGHT NOW! You are NOT marrying that girl! I've told you once and told you before, you're THROUGH WITH HER!" And with that a loud slap is heard - the kind of noise with such thunder that caused the nesting crows to flock from the window-side trees.

"Darn it Bill - err, I mean dad, I love this woman and I will have her! I don't care what you say, you can't stop us!" proclaimed Ray. With a steadily decreasing tone, almost puny in nature with a bit of shyness - "To tell you the truth... Dad, and I was waiting to tell you after we were married. Yahoo... is pregnant with our Child."

Bill gasped and his wife turned pale nearly fainting in his arms. Silence filled the room.

Moments later the front door of the house flung open and a visibly flustered Ray hopped in a waiting Limousine and sped off.

Shortly afterwards it pulled up to Yahoo's flat and Ray banged on the door. A clambering of the locks was heard on the other side and after a few tense seconds of fumbling the door crept open and Yahoo stood in the entryway with obviously blood-shot eyes. She had been sobbing the whole time Ray was away.

"My dear, I, I told them everything. They know." stammered Ray. Yahoo grabbed him around the arms and fell into his chest with a squeak. "But, it isn't so easy. Bill didn't want to hear - it. I, I don't know what I, I mean we, should do."

Yahoo looked up with an angry scowl. Her eyes had suddenly cleared up and surely there was no more sign of sadness. It instead had been replaced by a visible fire - a burning. Something demonic had immediately possessed her expression and whatever was going on in her head right that moment wasn't so good. "Ray, you are man - now BE A MAN! If you love me, if you really love me, you will do what has to be done!"

Ray looked perplexed - "Okay, well then I will marry you!"

"You ignorant dolt! You don't get it do you? If you marry me then they will revoke you from their will. There is only one thing that can be done.," firmly confided Yahoo as she walked into the blackness that consumed her flat. She disappeared for a moment but returned almost as quick with a cool, long, black object with some veritable weight to it and placed it in Ray’s outstretched arms of confusion.

It was a gun - a large gun with a very large silencer on the end. The kind that would clearly leave no room for survival if it found its mark.

"Take this, and take care of our problem. Then you will marry me and our fortune will be ours. That is, if you love me Ray. You do love me, don't you?" scowled Yahoo with a look of death itself in her eyes. The catacombs of greed filled her mind and the earthly delights of those of past generations clearly were in her scheming plans.

What would Ray do? Would Bill let them marry after all? Would Ray enact wreckless fury and swift mortal justice on his all-controlling father? Would Yahoo be happy with the resolution? Or, would the black widow have her most sinister dreams truly revealed?

All this and more - TOMORROW! Please tune in as you won't want to miss what comes next!

By Eomer of Aldburg on 5/29/2008 3:03:34 PM , Rating: 2
wow, that was the greatest post I have ever read! haha

By mikefarinha on 5/29/2008 3:31:44 PM , Rating: 2
people like you scare me...

RE: Today on "Days of our .COM's"...
By StormEffect on 5/29/2008 4:36:58 PM , Rating: 3
Yes. Though Bill really should be Steve instead.

And I don't think Yahoo should be that violent, but if she must be, she really shouldn't consider greed a motivation considering the fact that even in dire straits, she still represents a multi-billion dollar company.

Otherwise, GOOD SHOW!

By MrBlastman on 5/29/2008 5:17:26 PM , Rating: 2
Ah yes, I thought about that after writing it that perhaps Steve might have been a better stand-in but alas it has been set.

For Yahoo, she is a complex character and she can't really be understood at face value. With a simple glance she might look very violent and evil but with further depth one can gain that parlayed with Yahoo's current situation - and their (Mr. Yang's) realization of his mistake he made by denying the purchase and his subsequent plea to reconsider...

... Then we have the ominous Carl Icahn's ruthless proposal to oust the board to fulfill his wishes (and wallet) we see the true tune (or do we?) of what Yahoo really wants done.

So, she's very complex (as women are) and us, as men, can never truely understand them.

Either way, glad you enjoyed it. :)


By Master Kenobi on 5/29/2008 6:20:40 PM , Rating: 2
Waaaaay too much time on your hands buddy.

RE: Today on "Days of our .COM's"...
By jasona111 on 5/29/2008 6:55:43 PM , Rating: 2
A few quick flicks and he brought the large Cuban to his lips again, taking a big deep puff sending a wafting plume into the air.

A Mark Cuban perhaps?

By MrBlastman on 5/30/2008 10:09:16 AM , Rating: 2
Har Har! If only I was that clever but a good insinuation indeed.

By Cullinaire on 5/30/2008 11:55:42 AM , Rating: 2
what have you done

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