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Microsoft Corp gave Yahoo Inc no hope of a higher takeover price, saying it was ready to go hostile or even call off its bid if Yahoo maintains "unrealistic expectations" of a better deal...
To be honest reading more and more into it - there's a hell of a lot more good M$ could 'potentially' do with $40bn - there must be hundreds of good start-ups and great ideas that could easily generate more revenues and gain eyeballs with the support and funding from above.
Reuters article [reuters.com]
Microsoft Corp. late Thursday was leaning toward going hostile in its pursuit of Yahoo Inc., according to people familiar with the matter, with an announcement likely Friday.
But the people cautioned that the situation was fluid as discussions continued and said the software company could change tack before announcing its decision. Microsoft declined to comment on its plans.
Linux and Mac have had the ability to read and write PDF's for ages, plus they both have built in zip reading and writing software. It is fairly easy to add, both formats are well documented and open.
How much have they lost in sales from not having these features? Not much. How much could they gain by improving them? Very little.
How much could they gain by becoming bigger in the various businesses Yahoo has (IM, webmail, web portal, search, photo sharing, etc.)? How much could they gain from synergies between Yahoo products and their own (e.g. tying Flickr into whatever photo management software comes with Windows)?
There is probably more value in even minor bits of the Yahoo deal (closing down Zimbra in favour of Exchange server, for example), than there is in improving the Windows desktop.