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Microsoft to Yahoo: You're On Your Own

Late last week, Microsoft made it clear that Yahoo wasn't worth the money it would take to buy it. This was after Microsoft raised its offer from $44 billion to nearly $48 billion.

I couldn't agree more. Yahoo isn't as large as you might think, and its growth isn't as impressive as, say, Google. In the last quarter, Yahoo brought in a bit less than $2 billion in revenue and only $112 million in operating income. The only way a company this size would be worth almost $50 billion is if its growth were truly staggering, which it's clearly not.

My bigger concern is that Yahoo has nothing that Microsoft hasn't already built or bought. Microsoft would be far better off using its billions to invent the future, not to buy the past. Tell me where I'm wrong at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 05/05/2008 at 1:15 PM


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