Feeds

Microsoft's Yahoo! takeover faces technical challenges

Different platforms, different cultures

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Microsoft is in no hurry to integrate the technology and culture of Yahoo! should the aggressive takeover go ahead.

The comments might seem a little premature, but differences in culture and technology have already arisen as possible barriers to the deal. Of course, there are other more pertinent barriers too - like Yahoo!'s board of directors.

Microsoft chief software architect Ray Ozzie told the Financial Times last week that he would not rush to merge the technology backbones of the two, even if this meant delaying some of the benefits of combining the two firms.

Ozzie said: "I'm not in any way unrealistic about the challenges that would confront us. They have a number of different types of technologies. They have their own corporate culture."

Yahoo! is a mixed bag of technology with a large proportion of its systems running open source or Unix software. Microsoft is, of course, mostly a Microsoft shop.

Ozzie told the paper he remained optimistic about the benefits of the deal.

Ray Ozzie was one of the creators of Lotus Notes, which was bought by IBM in 1995. He said he had learnt lessons from going through that process. He joined Microsoft three years ago.

Microsoft has mostly grown organically rather than by acquistion. It has never paid as much for a company as it is trying to pay for Yahoo!. Nor, arguably, has a previous purchase played such a central strategic role.

Ozzie also talked about the challenges of getting Microsoft to offer its technologies as online services using data centres. Most recently it began offering online versions of Sharepoint and Exchange for US customers - it hopes to start charging for the service, currently in beta, later this year. The company is also picking up data centres to support this push.

More from the FT here. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop
Web giant looking into why version 5.0 of Android is crippling older slabs
Be real, Apple: In-app goodie grab games AREN'T FREE – EU
Cupertino stands down after Euro legal threats
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
SLURP! Flick your TONGUE around our LOLLIPOP – Google
Android 5 is coming – IF you're lucky enough to have the right gadget
Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command
New tool lets admins wrangle Linux apps from Windows
Bada-Bing! Mozilla flips Firefox to YAHOO! for search
Microsoft system will be the default for browser in US until 2020
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Protecting against web application threats using SSL
SSL encryption can protect server‐to‐server communications, client devices, cloud resources, and other endpoints in order to help prevent the risk of data loss and losing customer trust.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.