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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-02-21 14:19
  Subject:   Why MicroSoft wants to buy Yahoo.
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"We have a strategy for competing in the search space that Google dominates today, that we'll pursue that we had before we made the Yahoo offer, and that we can pursue without that. It involves breakthrough engineering." -Bill Gates

http://www.news.com/Gates-explains-why-Microsoft-needs-Yahoo/2008-1014_3-6231341.html?tag=ne.fd.mnbc

When MicroSoft first started their search site, I remember the person in charge of it saying "We're going to beat Google by giving people a better user experience!" or words to that effect. I shook my head and laughed at that clueless marketing-droid. How very Microsoft, I thought: "If we just serve up a crap product in a pretty wrapper, people will flock to us!" (Well, it worked for Windows ME didn't it?)

Looks like this time they're at least trying to do it the right way. That doesn't necessarily mean they'll succeed. Even assuming that MicroSoft was ever capable of inventing fundamental, revolutionary changes in software, I kinda doubt that they're capable of doing so now. But at least with the "we're going to build a better search engine that gives more relevant, better results than Google" approach, the chances of success (while small) may be non-zero. As opposed to last time, when their choice of approach made even the possibility of success absolutely nil.
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Alex Belits: mona
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  Date: 2008-02-22 02:29 (UTC)
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It's still the same way of "needing" Yahoo how I "need" to own an island with cities, semiconductor and machinery plants, military armed with nuclear weapons, etc. While it's possible that I would accomplish something useful if I was given all those things, there is absolutely no good reason for anyone to actually give them to me, and I would be nowhere close to the top of the list of candidates if someone was looking for a ruler of such an island.
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