Feeds

Microsoft's Yahoo! takeover faces technical challenges

Different platforms, different cultures

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

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. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Euro Parliament VOTES to BREAK UP GOOGLE. Er, OK then
It CANNA do it, captain.They DON'T have the POWER!
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
NSA SOURCE CODE LEAK: Information slurp tools to appear online
Now you can run your own intelligence agency
Post-Microsoft, post-PC programming: The portable REVOLUTION
Code jockeys: count up and grab your fabulous tablets
Twitter App Graph exposes smartphone spyware feature
You don't want everyone to compile app lists from your fondleware? BAD LUCK
Microsoft adds video offering to Office 365. Oh NOES, you'll need Adobe Flash
Lovely presentations... but not on your Flash-hating mobe
prev story

Whitepapers

10 ways wire data helps conquer IT complexity
IT teams can automatically detect problems across the IT environment, spot data theft, select unique pieces of transaction payloads to send to a data source, and more.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.