Some rumors have been floating around the web (known to have been started off by this LATimes prediction list [off which the first one has been turned out to be false]) about a possible Microsoft-Yahoo! merger, well, more of an acquisition. Google recently bought 5% of AOL for a billion (equates to 20 billion in total), I’m wondering, do these two have anything in relation? You know, Google shows how its superior so Microsoft plans something more superior (superioror). I don’t know. But apparently, they offered $80 billion which was reportedly too less to Yahoo!. Hm…am I missing something here? If this is even slightly true, I don’t get how AOL can be worth 20 billion (5% = 1b, 100% = 20b) while Yahoo! beyond 80 billion?
In any case, getting back to the title “fake or fact,” I seriously think this is fake. Reason being, Microsoft already has its own Yahoo!: MSN. Sure, they may not have that specific number of people using it, or that many good deals and partnerships, but they have the technology and all they’re missing is, well, I guess a good boss (such as Yahoo!’s Terry Semel, who is known to have made all these partnerships possible). If MSN gets a good boss (like their own CTO Ray Ozzie, but for the web), I think they have potential. But, this is kind of being unfair to Microsoft because Yahoo! is a dedicated web company where as MSN just a division. If Yahoo! didn’t have the web market, they wouldn’t exist, but Microsoft would still live without MSN.
It’ll be very interesting to see what happens but I think this is no different to the Google PC prediction LATimes also made which turned out to be false (didn’t make sense anyway). Oh, and if MSN needs a good boss, hey, I’m always here (50% kidding).