February 1, 2008

Implications of Microsoft’s bid for Yahoo

As I write this, Microsoft has just announced an offer to acquire Yahoo. Early responses from the likes of Danny Sullivan, Henry Blodget, the Download Squad, TechCrunch, Raven SEO, Mashable, and others seem to boil down to:

I’ll try to be a bit more analytical than that, but this is still going to be quick. Assuming the deal goes through:

  1. Microsoft will recombine both parts of the old FAST/alltheweb.com Therefore, Microsoft will be able to use the same technology for web and enterprise search, to the extent that such commonality makes sense.
  2. I’d expect Microsoft to try to differentiate its technology via faceted/structured search. That’s a FAST strength.
  3. The old FAST search-as-BI dream might become pretty appealing to Microsoft/Yahoo.
  4. In a non-search point, Microsoft is strong in games and Yahoo is strong in fantasy sports. Look for some synergies.
  5. There sure would be a whole lot of non-Windows technology inside Microsoft. 🙂

Basically, Microsoft is a company that’s a lot more sophisticated in its thinking about user interfaces and experiences than Yahoo is. That’s where the really interesting competitive innovation would be most likely to occur.


6 Responses to “Implications of Microsoft’s bid for Yahoo”

  1. Chris Hambly on February 1st, 2008 10:29 am

    Thanks for that, I picked your tweet up and came to read.

    I blogged about the speed of twitter right here: Microsoft Bid For Yahoo Why Not Twitter Too?


  2. Curt Monash on February 1st, 2008 10:57 am

    Hi, Chris.

    Wrong technical architecture, portable community.


  3. Thoughtlets on February 1st, 2008 6:34 pm

    Microsoft to buy Yahoo!?…

    Apparently Microsoft is willing to purchase Yahoo! for (US) $44.6 billion. As Michael Osterman notes, this would give Microsoft a huge addition to its consumer email base, through Yahoo!’s world-leading base of webmail users, to compliment Micros…

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