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Daily Archives: April 4, 2008
Microsoft and Yahoo continue to circle each other like wrestlers, each waiting for the other to show its weakness before getting into a clinch. At a time like this, just about anything either side says is pure rhetoric.
That is the best interpretation of today’s report that Microsoft is ”evaluating” its bid in the light of deteriorating market conditions. This is a thinly-disguised version of the Larry Ellison treatment: soften up the target by cutting the value of a takeover offer (something Ellison did while Oracle stalked PeopleSoft) or at least threatening to (his treatment of BEA Systems.)
Not got around to upgrading to Windows Vista yet? In that case you might want to delay a bit longer: it looks like the next version, Windows 7, is coming sooner than we thought.
That reaction is exactly what Microsoft is afraid of - and why it has been scrambling today to stamp on the suggestion that unlike Vista, which arrived years late, 7 (codenamed Blackcomb, after a Canadian ski resort) may actually arrive early.