Microsoft GM to Yahoo: Good-bye to you

Microsoft has moved on from Yahoo and is focused on growing its Internet business organically for now

While Yahoo would have given Microsoft's Internet business an immediate boost, Microsoft has closed that chapter and is focused on moving forward, a Microsoft official said Tuesday.

"We have a lot of opportunity to keep growing organically. Certainly Yahoo would have been an accelerator, but we've withdrawn the offer, moved on and now we're focused on how to grow as fast as possible organically," said Brian Hall, general manager of the Windows Live Business Group, in response to a question at the Merrill Lynch Technology Conference.

Hall reiterated that position several times whenever he was asked about Yahoo. "In the case of the discussions with Yahoo, we put forth a very compelling offer; we felt it was the right valuation and a very fair valuation," he said. "Now we're focused on driving the business, building out our global expansion, driving search and a number of other things, and moving on from the Yahoo discussion."

Since Microsoft walked away from its acquisition bid on Saturday, many observers believe it now needs to explain in detail how it plans to accomplish all the goals it had been saying Yahoo would help it with.

Hall didn't provide that depth of insight on Tuesday.

He spent most of his presentation explaining Microsoft's strategies for online advertising and for melding its PC and server software with the Web. He also highlighted what he considers major accomplishments in those areas, such as quadrupling its search engine's index, announcing Live Mesh, upgrading Hotmail and completing the aQuantive acquisition.

He even reiterated the old Microsoft belief that search is in its infancy and that opportunities still exist in that market, even as Google continues to increase its domination of search usage and search advertising.

"We definitely can gain share in search. Obviously Google is in a very strong position, but we think there's a lot of opportunity there still," Hall said.

For example, a large percentage of queries aren't answered satisfactorily, and the typical search engine interface is due for improvement, he said.

"[Search] is new, it's highly computational, highly software-driven environment. We know that's something we can do exceedingly well," he said.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Juan Carlos Perez

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?