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Jul 31

Ballmer to the Rescue

Posted by meggebrecht in YahooSteve BallmerMicrosoft


I wasn't exactly the only one underwhelmed by the search ad agreement announced by Microsoft and Yahoo Wednesday. Yahoo shares have taken a beating, and the general perception -- fair or not -- is that the deal spells the beginning of the end for the company.

Enter Steve Ballmer, who is shocked -- shocked! -- at investors' and analysts' reactions to the long-awaited deal.  "Nobody gets it," the Microsoft CEO told financial analysts yesterday. "People haven't figured it out."

Jul 29

The Post Microsoft-Yahoo Pact Blues

Posted by meggebrecht in YahooSteve BallmerMicrosoftCarol Bartzbing


Now that it's finally happened, does anyone else feel like the search ad deal struck by Microsoft and Yahoo is a bit anticlimactic?

Not that there are any real surprises in the agreement announced this morning: Microsoft will provide Yahoo's search backbone, while Yahoo will be the heavy-lifter in sales. Bing will get a big boost in search volumes, while Yahoo gets a $500 million bump in operating income and some $200 million in cost-savings.

Jul 20

CIOs: IT Budgets Getting Healthier

Posted by meggebrecht in UBSMicrosoftIT BudgetsCisco


Add a new survey from UBS to the growing evidence that corporate technology budgets may be showing signs of life--or at least aren’t hurting quite as bad.

Corporate CIOs expect their IT budgets to shrink by 2.1 percent over the next year, according to a quarterly survey put out by UBS today. Sixty U.S. and 40 European CIOs participated in the study, which found that the U.S. execs were more optimistic--predicting a 1.3 percent decrease--than their counterparts on the Continent (3.4 percent decrease).

Jul 17

Microsoft and Yahoo: Just Get It Done

Posted by meggebrecht in YahooSteve BallmerMicrosoftGoogleCarol Bartzbing


Can’t Microsoft and Yahoo get together already? After talking and talking and talking, Microsoft and Yahoo are reportedly on the verge of finally forging a search advertising alliance.

According to AllThingsDigital, top Microsoft execs are in Silicon Valley today, hammering out the final details, and a deal could be announced as early as next week.

Jun 16

Bing Has To Have Google A Teeny Bit Worried

Posted by jmottl in Steve BallmerMicrosoftbing


Microsoft's Steve Ballmer is barely containing himself in a Reuter's article on how its new Bing search tool is binging Google, at least a litle bit, when it comes to U.S. users.

comScore, an organization that tracks Internet activity, released data yesterday that shows Bing is getting attention. 

Jun 12

Microsoft Will Sell Browser-less Windows 7 in Europe

Posted by meggebrecht in Windows 7MicrosoftInternet Explorer


Turns out unbundling Internet Explorer from Windows isn't impossible after all.

Microsoft, which is being investigated by the European Commission for squashing browser competition, announced late yesterday that the European version of Windows 7 won't include IE.

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