Feeds

Microsoft's Turner: Yahoo! search deal, but no acquisition

Woos new CEO

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Microsoft's courting Yahoo! over a possible search deal, although acquisition seems off the table.

Kevin Turner, Microsoft's chief operating officer, told The Times of London a deal would make economic sense to both parties.

Turner's focus, though, was on an ads deal rather than acquisition, which his boss - chief executive Steve Ballmer - has already said is off the table.

"They have a new CEO, and she's formulating her business plans," Turner reportedly said during an interview, referring to Carol Bartz, who tool the helm in January. He continued:

We've certainly made her aware and the Yahoo! board aware that if they are ever interested in an opportunity to partner with them on search, we'd like to sit down and at least have the conversation. It has to make economic sense to both parties.

Turner's boss must surely be considered one of the luckiest CEOs in the biz. Ballmer had offered $33 a share for Yahoo!, barely weeks before the tech bubble burst and Yahoo! began its journey south to today's $12 a share.

Turner, meanwhile, had bad news for anyone who still thinks Microsoft's going to depart from its business model and make its own phone, like Apple with the iPhone. Turner told The Times Microsoft will stick with making software for mobile phones, with Windows Mobile, not the hardware.

"For now we'll work with our partners. After all, we're going to sell 22 million copies of Windows Mobile this year," he said. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

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.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
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 users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.