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[edited by: Yidaki at 9:49 pm (utc) on April 2, 2003]
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[edited by: mykel at 9:52 pm (utc) on April 2, 2003]
Reuters is a VERY credible news service. If MS really wants to buy, the owners of Google can be expected to sell in a heartbeat. Makes sense for Microsoft. They like being dominant, and now they will dominate Internet searching.
And we all know how fair Microsoft is about it's competing!
PS. Seems Google's ungodly market-share in search has finally woken up some major players (Yahoo, Microsoft, etc)... more competition the better.
That is a possible interpretation. However, wouldn't it make more sense to buy Google? I say MS is dreaming if they think they can beat Google starting a new SE from scratch. Remember, Bill Gates could buy Google for what to him is pocket change.
Why think Google will do different than Yahoo? Yahoo didn't increase competition by starting a new search engine. They just bought one up. MS is giving a chance for the people who put up the venture capital for Google to cash in big time. Why go IPO rather then a private sale to an obscenely rich company? Hmm...Googlesoft?
I don't see why Microsoft would want to put the resources into competiting and actually developing good search engine technology when they could just buy Google from a fraction of their 40 billion in cash and be done with it. Bam! Competition eliminated. That is why Microsoft is a monopoly and should have been broken into threee companies YEARS ago. An OS division, an application division, and an internet division.
[edited by: BryantStevens at 10:08 pm (utc) on April 2, 2003]
Google has already been talking IPO. There is a forum here about that now even. An IPO is just another way of selling a stake in the company. Google is owned by venture capitalists. The dream of VC folks is to build something MS wants to buy. Why IPO when you can sell direct to the richest man on Earth?
So to sum it all up M$ is taking on yahoo using google as a scape goat, all because of the yahoo purchase of Inktomi.