- Just a few months ago, the blogosphere was exploding over the possibility of Microsoft and Yahoo joining up to become an online powerhouse. Would Steve Ballmer
be able to pull the deal off? Would Jerry Yang
We all anxiously waited for what could be. But after a lengthy deliberation, political jockeying, and pleas for help, Microsoft walked away after Jerry Yang did everything he could to kill the deal.
But the story didn't quite end there. Since then, Microsoft and Yahoo have gone back to the table twice. First, Microsoft entertained the possibility of acquiring Yahoo's search for $1 billion and a buyback of Yahoo stock for $8 billion. After that deal fell through, we once again thought it was over. But now, they're back to talking about a full buyout and Jerry Yang, not Ballmer, is starting to look like the CEO who really wants to get the deal done.
In a recent interview with the Financial Times, Ballmer was hopeful that Microsoft could make some ground in the online business and said that his company has only one place to go: up. "We're small; the other guys are big," he said. "There's a market out there. We have only one way to go, and it's up, baby, up, up, up, up, up!"
Hysterics aside, Ballmer still has a plan in mind. Aside from the fact that his company...