As you all probably know by now, Microsoft has put a bid of $44.6 billion for Yahoo!.
This reminds me of, back in the day, when AOL bought Time Warner, but in essence, if this goes through, it will have an even greater impact on Internet. Of course the deal is from closed, and I’m convinced many many people will object to it, institutions as well as the people in charge at Yahoo!.
But, as I’ve understood it, reading the reports of different business analysts, even if Yahoo! co-founder and CEO Jerry Yang and his crew will most likely be upset by the offer, business-wise and with the best interest of the stake holders, it seems like they should accept the offer.
A possible result
From a business perspective, I think Microsoft are definitely doing the right thing, in trying to to be able to compete with the Google dominance. They’re not strong enough when it comes to search engine usage, and especially in the advertisement are, an economical turnover which can’t be overlooked.
However, from an idealistic perspective, I’m afraid that Microsoft, with a history of proprietary solutions, will hurt the future and evolvement of the web. Google expresses their view in Yahoo! and the future of the Internet, something which has to be taken with a barrel of salt, them being the main competitor. They do have a point, though, Microsoft’s history isn’t that clean, and they certainly haven’t worked for an open web or cross-platform solutions.
As a Mac user, what I’m afraid of the next time I misspell a search, the suggestion wouldn’t be “Did you mean: robert nyman” but rather:
Optimize your search results by upgrading your operating system to Windows.
Yahoo! will lose a lot of talented people
Given the great skill set and being open mindset of a lot of Yahoo! web developers, it must really suck to one day work on amazing things like Yahoo! Maps and YUI, and the next day be owned by the company with the worst web browse in the market which effectively holds back the evolvement of the entire web.
If this deal indeed goes through, make sure to open your arms and accept fleeing web developers. After all, it’s just business as usual…