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Microsoft to buy Fast Web Search?

   
1:57 pm on Jan 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Hello to all of you here.

It has been said that Microsoft probably consider bying Fast Web Search.
How much substance is it in such a "rumour"?

[edited by: Steven at 2:18 pm (utc) on Jan. 23, 2003]

2:04 pm on Jan 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Hmmm, to match/offset Yahoo's Inktomi purchase, perhaps? Microsoft certainly has the money, but my guess is that they could beat down external providers to a lower cost than they could manage themselves. I guess it's the classic outsourcing tradeoff - what is 100% control worth, and can you do as good a job yourself vs. a focused specialist?
2:05 pm on Jan 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Welcome to WebmasterWorld, by the way, Steven! :)
2:09 pm on Jan 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Thank You, rogerd (or should I say just Roger).
So, I gather that You see it more likely that Microsoft instead would make an outsourcing deal with Fast.
2:12 pm on Jan 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Who knows? This industry works in mysterious ways ;)

Welcome to WebmasterWorld Steven!

2:15 pm on Jan 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member vitaplease is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



Steven,

welcome to raising the heartbeats here at the forum..(with such a thread title)

I guess it could do no harm to buy some FAST shares.

Even if no-one buys them, these rumours will always surface and feed the stock price.

2:15 pm on Jan 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the warm welcome.
This forum is great.