Sunday, November 9, 2008

Ballmer: Sorry Jerry, We've 'Moved On'

Bloomberg News: Following CEO Jerry Yang's reassertion that Yahoo would sell to Microsoft "at the right price," Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer replied that the world's largest software maker has "moved on." Speaking at a conference in Sydney, Australia, Ballmer said, "We're not interested in going back and re-looking at an acquisition," but, "I'm sure there are still opportunities for some kind of partnership around search.' Of course, Ballmer didn't elaborate.

Following Google's decision to walk out of a potentially lucrative search partnership with Yahoo, Yang said he was "open to everything." Following those comments, analysts felt that Yang's options were narrowing and that Yahoo would be forced into some kind of deal with Microsoft. "To this day, I would say that the best thing for Microsoft to do is to buy Yahoo," Yang said Wednesday at the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco.

In an interview with Bloomberg News, Yahoo spokesman Brad Williams corroborated Yang's remarks. "We're open to talking to them," Williams said. "We still believe acquiring Yahoo is the best option for Microsoft

Why is Yahoo so shit?
You can smell the desperation off Yahoo. "Open to everything". That's a great vote of confidence. They just want to bin the thing and now no one wants it.
I went perusing through their site, and unless you aren't a fan of information vomited over 3 scrolldowns in a homepage, it's not so bad.
The really great thing is Yahoo answers. That's a winner. Seen some good marketing activity there with the potential for so much more.
I also know that the integration between their TV and mag partner in Australia is crap-ish. But we're speaking to the rep this week and i'll ask them these troubling questions and report back with the answers.
But how did we get to this point? And why doesn't anyone want a bar of Jerry and his big teeth?

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