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Microsoft Talks, Yahoo Listens, No Decisions Yet

Banker-free meeting lays out Microsoft's merger visions

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An uneasy silence between the two companies ended with a meeting earlier this week to review Microsoft’s impressions of what a combination with Yahoo might look like.

Shakespeare’s famous and oft-misinterpreted quote from Henry VI would read a lot differently if the Butcher said, “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the bankers.” But Yahoo and Microsoft did this, in a way, when they met on Monday.

The Deal Journal blog said the absence of high-powered bankers from Microsoft and Yahoo’s recent chat seemed “odd, if not downright wasteful.” Some big name bankers cooled their heels, presumably at a lucrative hourly rate, while the tech companies talked turkey:

So why did Microsoft and Yahoo keep all the high-priced, presumably well-prepared bankers out when the two companies had their first talks since January 31?

It could be seen as a sign of a kindler, gentler, less impetuous Microsoft that is thinking ahead and trying to win over Yahoo management to ease the way for the deal. That Microsoft hasn

Microsoft Talks, Yahoo Listens, No Decisions Yet
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    With the way Google is trying to rope in all the products just through their finances, I really wonder if Google has any  of its "Own" brains. Everything is copied from one or other source to make it better.

    Microsoft & Yahoo should combine to put this black money Google to think more. Competition is always good. Presently, it looks all one sided – Google..Google.

    I even prefer Microsoft.com changing its homepage to Search engine, then linking their main page with a text link which has its products. Because, Search Engine is such a core product now a days & Google is just improving because of this core product.

     

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