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May 7, 2008

Ticket to the Game

by @ 1:46 pm. Filed under Technology

I kept asking myself…what’s up with this Microsoft & Yahoo thing? Why would Microsoft want to invest $47.7 billion (yes, that’s billions not millions) to purchase Yahoo? Why?, Why does the world’s leading software maker need to purchase and Internet company? It finally occurred to me, well with a little help from a great New York Times article, that is. It is not about “Search”…its all goes back to Google, Microsoft’s chief competitor. Google’s strategy for defeating Microsoft is by offering Open Source software “free” through the Internet. Google offers a bundle of downloadable software products designed to perform the same functions as Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and Power Point, and they offer it free. Techie experts predict free “open source software” is the future, a forecast that will cut off the software giant’s life-blood…unless, of course, Microsoft gets in the game also. Ah, there’s the rub…The purchase of Yahoo would make Microsoft an instant player in the online software game…And Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is willing to pay $33 a share or $47.5 billion for a ticket to the game.

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