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Microsoft's Yahoo Bid

Microsoft Offers to Buy Yahoo reports in brief that Microsoft has put in an offer to acquire Yahoo in a deal valued at $44.6 billion in cash and stock. This News.com article offers more detail on the bid, which has not been rejected outright by Yahoo, though the search giant characterizes the offer as "unsolicited." Word is:

Microsoft's offer, which was contained in the letter to Yahoo's board, amounts to $31 a share and represents a 62 percent premium over Yahoo's closing price on Thursday. Microsoft said it will offer shareholders the option of cash or stock.

"We have great respect for Yahoo, and together, we can offer an increasingly exciting set of solutions for consumers, publishers, and advertisers while becoming better positioned to compete in the online-services market," Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said in a statement.

Yahoo said in a responding statement that its board "will evaluate this proposal carefully and promptly, in the context of Yahoo's strategic plans, and pursue the best course of action to maximize long-term value for shareholders."

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34. Re: Microhoo! Feb 2, 2008, 03:30 Cutter
 
MS is the dinosaur that will dissapear sooner than later. Does Yahoo really want to chain themselves to that sinking stone?

Google is the Federation. MS/Yahoo = the Borg. The Borg could not adapt fast enough and were far too cumbersome which is what their undoing was. MS and Yahoo don't need to merge. They need to evolve. the fact that they want to merge just shows how Borg-like their mentality is and why they are ultimately doomed.


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33. No subject Feb 1, 2008, 22:50 Mr. Tact
 
Exactly right, kx. The reason I got the Yahoo account in 2004 was because I was tired of losing my account when I moved.

The Thunderbird client looks interesting. I'll give it a whirl with my Gmail account. If it works out maybe I can save myself $20 a year.
 
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32. Re: No subject Feb 1, 2008, 21:12 Kxmode
 
Your freakin Internet Service Provider? You are already paying for the damn thing.

For years I did but whenever I changed ISP carriers migrating to the new ISP's email address sucked big-time! Several years ago I switched to Yahoo premium webmail and it was great. That was until I discovered Gmail.

You could read your email with Gmail, and use Thunderbird to POP/backup your email whenever. And you never need to worry about your email. Gmail is free. Thunderbird is free. Free free free!

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31. Re: No subject Feb 1, 2008, 20:15 Reactor
 
LOL, exactly

Thunderbird all the way.

 
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30. Re: No subject Feb 1, 2008, 20:07 Enahs
 
*shrug* $20 is nothing. I spend more on dinner on a regular basis. $20 for ad free mail is more than worth it IMHO. If someone can point me to ad-free mail for less, I'm all ears.

Your freakin Internet Service Provider? You are already paying for the damn thing.



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29. Re: No subject Feb 1, 2008, 18:45 Mr. Tact
 
Strange that you have to pay for less features.

The "less" I'm getting is NO ads. Well worth for a page I see multiple times a day.

Can't say the same for the red-and-yellow pulsating banner ads in Yahoo Mail. Oh and I can POP my Gmail for free. Can't do that with Yahoo mail unless I pay $20 a year. So, yeah, Yahoo you can suck it!

*shrug* $20 is nothing. I spend more on dinner on a regular basis. $20 for ad free mail is more than worth it IMHO. If someone can point me to ad-free mail for less, I'm all ears.


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28. Re: No subject Feb 1, 2008, 18:19 Prez
 
44 gazillion dollars for something completely intangible. Incredible. What exactly does Yahoo do that can't be done better a dozen other places?  
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27. Re: No subject Feb 1, 2008, 17:56 Kxmode
 
I have a Gmail account but don't use it, can't stand it because of the ads.

On a 1920 x 1200 display the TEXT ads are so far over to the right I don't even notice them. Can't say the same for the red-and-yellow pulsating banner ads in Yahoo Mail. Oh and I can POP my Gmail for free. Can't do that with Yahoo mail unless I pay $20 a year. So, yeah, Yahoo you can suck it!

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26. Re: POV Feb 1, 2008, 17:52 Kxmode
 
Um, post 17, dude.

Ack. Sorry. I never RTFM.

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25. Re: No subject Feb 1, 2008, 16:42  famished 
 
Costs me $20 a year but I get EXACTLY what I want. Mail and NOTHING but mail. No ads, no weather map, nothing but my mail.

Strange that you have to pay for less features.

 
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24. No subject Feb 1, 2008, 16:23 Tyrsis
 
Yeah this purchase would be all about the user base of yahoo mail. Yahoo mail has the most users as a webmail application, with Hotmail coming a close second. If Microsoft gets Yahoo Mail, then they will pretty much own the entire webmail user base.

 
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23. No subject Feb 1, 2008, 15:29 Mr. Tact
 
Wait... Yahoo mail is cluttered compared to Gmail? Huh?

I can only assume you use the free version and it is much different. I've had "Mail Plus" since Oct 2004. Costs me $20 a year but I get EXACTLY what I want. Mail and NOTHING but mail. No ads, no weather map, nothing but my mail.

I have a Gmail account but don't use it, can't stand it because of the ads.

I can't believe Microsoft buying Yahoo would be anything but bad news for Yahoo mail.
 
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22. Yahoo Feb 1, 2008, 15:24 Fang
 
I never understood the popularity of Yahoo. I've always used other tools. /me shrugs.

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21. Re: POV Feb 1, 2008, 15:14 nin
 
If Microsoft gets their grubby-little mitts on Yahoo they will probably do something like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUXnJraKM3k


Um, post 17, dude.



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20. POV Feb 1, 2008, 15:04 Kxmode
 
If Microsoft gets their grubby-little mitts on Yahoo they will probably do something like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUXnJraKM3k

I sort of care because I visit Yahoo for Movies, Stocks, and News. I really like their movie's section.

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19. survey Feb 1, 2008, 14:58 Kxmode
 
I like Slashdot's latest survey...

What To Call the Combined Microsoft-Yahoo?
- Microhoo
- Yahoosoft
- YaMicro
- SinandYang
- WhenDinosaursMate

WhenDinosaursMate is an instant classic! lol

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18. Re: No subject Feb 1, 2008, 14:19 N
 
I hope you die.

 
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17. Re: Yahoo Has Better E-mail Feb 1, 2008, 13:38 nin
 
Reminds me of this link -- "What if GMail had been designed by Microsoft?"


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16. Re: Yahoo Has Better E-mail Feb 1, 2008, 13:35 Buttercup
 
Reminds me of this link -- "What if GMail had been designed by Microsoft?"

http://blogoscoped.com/archive/2007-11-20-n35.html

 
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15. Microhoo! Feb 1, 2008, 13:18 Jim
 
<type>doubleyou doubleyou doubleyou dot yahoo dot com ENTER

<message>

This page required Microsoft Internet Explore to view.

<open IE and try again>

This page requires ActiveX version 24563.354 to load.

This page requires .Net framework 439584.3948 to run.

Page not found.

BSOD.

<end result>

Google use up 30%.


 
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