(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.