The Washington Times - May 7, 2008, 05:53PM
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Microsoft 2.0
“I think [Microsoft CEO Steve] Ballmer and CFO Chris Liddell and Platforms/Services Chief Kevin Johnson initially thought of Yahoo as a quick fix for its search-share and ad-inventory problem.\ They really underestimated how much companies in the [Silicon] Valley hate Microsoft. They also underestimated how much their own shareholders and investors thought the deal was too expensive with too little potential payback…. Yahoo’s infrastructure is based completely on open-source products; Microsoft’s is based on Windows and.Net was it really going to be possible to combine these to leverage the economies of scale Ballmer promised. I think lots of Microsoft watchers were doubtful. … Microsoft came around to realize that they were not going to get $44 billion worth out of Yahoo. …”
— Mark Kellner, The Washington Times