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(cross posted from the Flex group)

Instead of wasting $44 billion on Yahoo in an effort to fight a battle lost to Google long ago, why not invest in developing office applications for Silverlight? This would allow simultaneous releases on Windows, OSX and (soon) Linux under a subscription model. This approach would greatly reduce the cost of maintaining office on multiple platforms. Google's online office productivity apps are getting better every month. I think Microsoft should be concentrating on this area rather than flailing around in the search space.

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Comment by Cameron Souza on February 9, 2008 at 7:57pm
The market sure doesn't like the idea of Microsoft buying Yahoo. MS has lost $40B in market capitalization since the offer was made. Interestingly, this is about the same amount as the offer.
Comment by Daniel Leuck on February 2, 2008 at 5:34pm
> motivated by the billions of advertising revenue
> that Google pulls in

I am sure he is, but I don't think Google can be beat in this space. I believe a better move for Microsoft would be a scaled down ad supported version of office in Silverlight with an easy upgrade to the full package (also in Silverlight with online subscription and offline versions.)
Comment by Truman Leung on February 2, 2008 at 8:06am
My guess is that Ballmer is motivated by the billions of advertising revenue that Google pulls in and is hoping that he's be able to funnel Yahoo's huge user base into future Microsoft online apps to gain some of that advertising market share.

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