Gates! says! Yahoo! offer! fair!
Well, he would say that wouldn't he?
!!!!! Microsoft's offer for Yahoo! is fair, it's not going up and the company should take a long, hard look at it, Bill Gates reckons.
Although many observers expect Microsoft to raise its offer for Yahoo!, Bill Gates said yesterday the company was happy with the price on the table.
Gates told AP: "We sent them a letter and said we think that's a fair offer. There's nothing that's gone on other than us stating that we think it's a fair offer... They should take a hard look at it."
Microsoft offered $44.6bn for Yahoo! in a mixture of shares and cash on 1 February. But since the announcement Microsoft shares have fallen more than $1 a share.
It seems unlikely that Microsoft will walk away from the deal. It could either raise the price or attempt to win over large institutional shareholders and individuals on the Yahoo! board. Many of Yahoo!'s largest shareholders also own Microsoft shares.
Microsoft needs Yahoo! to bolster its move into online services, and particularly online advertising, against the increasing dominance of Google.
Gates made the comments during a conference call to announce free access to Microsoft developer tools for students. Students will get free access to Visual Studio Professional Edition, Expression Studio, SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition, Windows Server Standard Edition, and games developer software. ®
Yes but Bill no!
Your disrupting a bunch things in the vain hope of buying deeper into a business you have always regretted being in, most of your bad press has been IE related, your lackluster showings regarding your network and advertising aren't going to go away, and you're spending your money very foolishly angering your own shareholders, who can apparently read and know where the money is really coming from which is your core business which is sucking wind for no good reason other than inattention. Dear Bill stop it!
YHOO closes at $29
If the slide continues, Yahoo may have no choice: sell now reasonably quietly or sell later after a bloody stockholder revolt.
It's all about IM
Am I the only one who thinks that MS is just after the yahoo IM infrastructure?
If MS was to assimilate Yahoo, they will have another de-facto monopoly on the IM business, and google doesn't make a dent on IM advertising while in MSN Messenger it's all about the ads.