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[News] [Rival] Microsoft is Bleeding Because of Google, Desperate for Yahoo Exploitation

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft is Bleeding Because of Google, Desperate for Yahoo Exploitation
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 02 May 2009 22:00:50 +0000
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Microsoft is bleeding, time to rethink

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| Each month, new statistics about search engine traffic usage are published by 
| companies like Comscore, and it never fails that Microsoft loses ground, and 
| Google gains. It’s true that search is a small part of Microsoft’s strategy, 
| but when you look at the amount of money they are throwing away to try and 
| compete ($1 Billion per year), it’s not hard to see that there are several 
| eggs in that basket.     


The Argument Against Yahoo-Microsoft (YHOO, MSFT)

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| But this week, a source we can only describe as someone very familiar with 
| Yahoo's advertising business gave us four reasons why Yahoo should actually 
| run as far as can from Microsoft's offer.  
|     * The primary reason is that while most agencies and ad buyers may not 
|     care if they buy their search and display advertising from the same 
|     place, some do and the number is rapidly growing. Our source estimates 
|     that two years ago, probably 30% of Yahoo's advertisers bought into this 
|     convergence, 50% buy it now and next year, 70% will prefer taking their 
|     business to a search engine that can also sell display advertising and 
|     vice-versa.      
|     * Even outside of losing the business of advertisers who prefer to do 
|     one-stop shopping, giving up search could drastically damage Yahoo's 
|     display business. Our source says about 25% of Yahoo's display revenues 
|     come through behavioral targeting, which doesn't work if Yahoo doesn't 
|     know what search queries its users are using.    


Partnership once again on board for Yahoo and Microsoft


Microsoft seeks partnership with Yahoo

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| Yahoo and Microsoft are in talks again, but this time it‘s a partnership deal 
| on the table rather than a proposed acquisition, according to reports. 


Analyst: Yet Another Microsoft-Yahoo Scenario



Microsoft U.S. Searches Sink to 12-Month Low

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| Microsoft's share of U.S. searches last month fell to its lowest level in a
| year, according to Web tracking firm comScore.
| The latest data show that Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) garnered only 8.2 percent
| of all U.S. search queries in February, slipping from 8.5 percent in January.
| The company had previously held a 9.6 percent share in February 2008.


Why Microsoft continues with search: it's still not solved


Ballmer Still Searching for an Answer to Google

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| "Forty percent of servers run Windows, 60 percent run Linux," he said. "How
| are we doing? Forty is less than 60, so I don't like it. ... We have some
| work to do."


Half Of Microsoft Employees Use Google To Search Web

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| Forget about selling Live Search to the American public—Microsoft (NSDQ:
| MSFT) is struggling to get its own employees to use the search engine. In
| February, fewer than half of the company’s U.S. employees used Live Search,
| while roughly an equal number used Google (NSDQ: GOOG), according to a CNET
| report.


Microsoft Employees Demonstrate Fondness For Google



Microsoft's Last Big Beat: Internet Domination or Death

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| What can $44.6B USD mean? Well, for Microsoft (MSFT) it may mean the cost of
| survival.


Microsoft says to borrow money for Yahoo deal

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| Microsoft Corp said on Monday it may borrow money for the first time in its
| history to fund a portion of its $44.6 billion unsolicited offer for Yahoo
| Inc.


Will Microsoft Survive the Next 10 Years?

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| I am not really an expert in this but when I read all the negative
| headlines and articles I ask myself if Microsoft really will survive
| the next 10 years.
| [...]
| I am pretty sure that the Open Source Community, the new Ubuntu,
| Google and of course Apple are those companies that are ready for
| our century and they will get more and more people that know what
| they really want.


P. Graham: Microsoft is Dead

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| A few days ago I suddenly realized Microsoft was dead. I was talking
| to a young startup founder about how Google was different from Yahoo.
| I said that Yahoo had been warped from the start by their fear of
| Microsoft. That was why they'd positioned themselves as a "media
| company" instead of a technology company. Then I looked at his face
| and realized he didn't understand. It was as if I'd told him how much
| girls liked Barry Manilow in the mid 80s. Barry who?
| Microsoft? He didn't say anything, but I could tell he didn't quite
| believe anyone would be frightened of them.

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