Breaking News: Microsoft Makes Bid to Buy Yahoo!

“Microsoft to Pay $31 Per Share for Yahoo, Totaling $44.6 Billion in Cash and Stock. Microsoft said it sees at least $1 billion cost savings generated by the merger, and intends to offer significant retention packages to Yahoo engineers, key leaders and employees. The software giant said it believes the takeover would receive regulatory clearance and close in the second half of 2008.”

(via Yahoo Finance)

Update: just listened to the conference call. Clearly, vertical search and social media is high on the Microsoft priorities and buying Yahoo! gives them precious assets there. From a local search perspective, mobile was mentioned many times.

What it means: that rumor had been circulating for a long while now. This has the potential to create a powerhouse in local and social. More details during the conference call.

 

4 thoughts on “Breaking News: Microsoft Makes Bid to Buy Yahoo!

  1. Quote: “This has the {potential} to create a powerhouse in local and social”. The emphasis here is really “potential”. MSFT is really seeing a lot of erosion of its market and cannot stay on it’s current position.

    M&A of this size are always tricky, execution will be key but I’m really not convinced of the end result.

    L8er – Martin

  2. Quote: “This has the {potential} to create a powerhouse in local and social”. The emphasis here is really “potential”. MSFT is really seeing a lot of erosion of its market and cannot stay on it’s current position.

    M&A of this size are always tricky, execution will be key but I’m really not convinced of the end result.

    L8er – Martin

  3. I’m wondering what will be the impacts on Canadian portals, considering that Microsoft is currently Bell’s partner(sympatico.msn.ca) and that Canoe just signed a deal with Yahoo Canada (http://www.mediaincanada.com/articles/mic/20080116/canoeyahoo.html)

    Are we going to see a “msn-yahoo-canoe-sympatico.ca” portal?

    After grabbing all Bell’s user base, the Redmond giant will most likely drop Sympatico and focus on a ménage à trois😉

  4. I’m wondering what will be the impacts on Canadian portals, considering that Microsoft is currently Bell’s partner(sympatico.msn.ca) and that Canoe just signed a deal with Yahoo Canada (http://www.mediaincanada.com/articles/mic/20080116/canoeyahoo.html)

    Are we going to see a “msn-yahoo-canoe-sympatico.ca” portal?

    After grabbing all Bell’s user base, the Redmond giant will most likely drop Sympatico and focus on a ménage à trois😉

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