Ballmer! in! anything! could! happen! shocker! over! Yahoo! deal!
Coulda shoulda woulda
Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer is still holding his arms out to internet giant Yahoo!.
Speaking at the Cannes Lion 2009 ad festival yesterday, Big Steve said: “We remain open to a partnership with Yahoo!”, according to Reuters.
When asked if an agreement between the rival web firms could be reached, Ballmer added: "Who knows?"
As we have tirelessly reported, Yahoo! has battled with Microsoft for rather a long time now, in a will-they-won’t-they soap opera-like tussle that ended in acrimony last year when Yahoo’s! former CEO Jerry Yang rejected Redmond's $47.5bn offer.
Since then every few weeks a new comment emerges from Ballmer, current Yahoo! boss Carol Bartz or other key players who are lining up in the
epicfutile fight to out-Google Google.
But any deal between the two companies remains as close/far away as ever. ®
NT originated as a collaboration between IBM and Microsoft called OS/2; true to form, Microsoft reneged on the agreement.
MS and Innovation
"When was the last time that Microsoft produced something that was innovative and compelling? Not for a very, very long time."
When did they ever?
BASIC - First invented 1964, copied to Altair by Gates & Allen in mid 1970's
MS-DOS - Originally named qDos which was itself a clone of CP/M, purchased by MS in 1981
Windows - Copied from MacOS, which was itself based on a prototype from Xerox. Took MS 4 tries to come up with a barely usable version.
WindowsNT - Designed by David Cutler who MS hired from DECs VAX/VMS design team and was heavily based on VMS code and techniques with plenty of additional kludge applied to enable it to conform to previous MS "standards"
Word - Just another word processor which were first invented in 1972. An animated paper clip does not equate to innovation.
Excel - A copy of Visicalc, which was first invented many years earlier.
Internet Explorer - MS bought the rights to the Mosiac browser code and have been extending that code ever since.
Active Directory - A MS proprietary version of LDAP with a MS proprietary version of Kerberos for authentication, both of which are open standard products with previously existing open source implementations.
There is not ONE successful, innovative product that I can think of to come out of Microsoft R&D. Not one. If anybody can name one then please do so, because I would love to know of just one.
Hmm...this sounds familiar
Ballmer.........Daddy wants a hug!
Yahoo...........Get away from me,you lazy-eyed psycho!
(This may have appeared in a film recently. Plagiarism, or life imitating art?)
Awaiting first sighting of MS "Mr Bigglesworth"