Dell With Google, Yahoo with eBay. Microsoft: Left Outside Alone?
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| All these changes in the Portal Wars leave Microsoft facing a
| complicated question: who are they going to ally with? If, aside from
| the enormous beneficial influence to their image, the Google-Dell
| partnership means only a small part compared to the hardware producers
| which will enroll under the Windows Vista flag, when it comes to web
| services it will be the Yahoo-eBay combination which will probably
| affect Microsoft more.
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| Sources indicate that the talks, while still active, have cooled somewhat
| in the last two weeks as executives considered antitrust issues. It is
| unclear what the full impact of yesterday's advertising and search alliance
| between Yahoo! and eBay will be for talks between MSN and eBay. One source
| close to the matter suggested the Yahoo-eBay tie-up would not stop
| Microsoft from pursuing the online auctioneer.