Microhoo: gone but not forgotten

We'll never know whether a Microhoo would have been a best-of-both mix-up ready to challenge Google with hot new consumer offerings, or whether it would have been a horrible culture clash that brought both companies to their knees — or will we?

I have to say I was surprised when Microsoft pulled out (as were many analysts who knew a lot more than me). I thought Redmond's increased bid was a sure sign that the companies were settling into negotiations that would surely end with a buyout — though there are now indications that there might not have been a formal, increased offer. Silicon Alley Insider has some additional analysis on the suggestion.

Yahoo's shares tumbled as expected, down 15 per cent to $US24.37 at Monday's close. Microsoft dropped just a smidge (16 cents), and Google bumped up 2 percent on the news.

In the midst of the collapsed-deal finger pointing, though, some suggest that a buyout could still happen. The San Francisco Chronicle ran a story with this paragraph:

"The acquisition of BEA Systems Inc. by Oracle Corp., completed last week, could provide a model for Microsoft. Oracle, the Redwood City business softwaremaker, withdrew its offer for the rival San Jose company last year after being rebuffed, only to swoop in later with an $8.5 billion bid that was ultimately accepted."

TechCrunch also cites a Citigroup analyst as saying "an eventual combination with Microsoft is still 15% likely."

Me, I'm not even going to try and make a prediction. But I do hope that whatever happens, Yahoo sticks around as a strong Internet player, with a cohesive overall plan capable of making the most of its top-notch sites and services.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Erik Larkin

PC World
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?