Yahoo's at $19 or so right now.
Anybody wanna make some free money on microsoft? Buy now.
I hated Yahoo anyway. Makes sense the two should become one.
The funny thing is, if they sell, this would be a great chance for MS to stick it to AT&T.
Microsoft would most likely mismanage Yahoo into oblivion, much like they did with HotMail... er, I mean MSN Hotmail... er, I mean "Windows Live Mail."
And then of course there's the little problem of migrating thousands of servers from FreeBSD to Windows. I seem to recall that our friends here who used to work for P* mentioned something about a study which found that Windows requires twice as much hardware per unit of load as unix when running this type of service.
Here's hoping that Ballmer is so obsessed with "killing Google" that he badly mismanages everything.
I keep my measly few shares in Microsoft just so I can vote against Bill Gates and Ballmer.
Who would really want to switch from Microsoft Exchange to Microsoft Zimbra?
Suddenly, Citadel is looking better and better...
I actually think that Zimbra and Citadel are targeting different segments of the market anyway. Unfortunately for Zimbra, their target appears to be high-end "enterprise" environments -- exactly the kind of thing that Microsoft will look unfavorably upon.
Here's one of the top Google search results for the phrase "Microsoft Zimbra"
What with Zimbra if it becomes part of Microsoft - Zimbra - Forums
Just in: Microsoft! bids! $44.6bn! for! Yahoo! What will happen with Zimbra if
this deal goes trough? I have invested in Zimbra quite a large amount.
Between the time Google scanned that link and now ... Zimbra has deleted the
entire thread. :)
Less impressive is the way they bill themselves as an open source company but put most of the desirable features in a non-free version. Anyone who thought they were getting the Microsoft-proof-ness of open source when they bought into Zimbra is in for a rude awakening.
In any case, I'm sure that Zimbra is the last thing on Microsoft's mind right now. Ballmer wants to "kill Google" and buying Yahoo could end up being recorded in the history books as Microsoft's final big effort to throw its weight (and money) around before sliding into irrelevancy.
I was talking to someone today who suggested that out of all the big players in that industry, Yahoo is the most well-run company of the group, and Yahoo would end up running Microsoft. It's an interesting perspective.
Is there any doubt at this point that Microsoft's best days are behind them?
I just got a new laptop which has one of those shiny new fingerprint reader things built into it. So I figure what the hell, and I play with it, enroll myself, and so on. So far so good. Until next time I log in, and Windows claims the fingerprint reader isn't there. AFTER I log in, it can find it just fine.
Not surprisingly, Linux finds it just fine.
Not that they will ever do that. If they really wanted to do that, they could have also turned around their online offerings instead of buying yahoo.
But the potential is there and will be there for some time.
if you just replace a file of a running binary under solaris, the application might most probably crash on next action it takes which is not in memory.
moving the old one to /tmp/foo, replacing it with a new one, then killing the old to make the new one come up gracefully works.
Very little doubt. But keep in mind that a giant can do a lot of
damage as it goes down. Also that with the amount of money and revenue
Jeff Prothero once compared it to a T-Rex trapped in a tar pit. He's going to sink, but until then he's quite capable of slicing up anyone who comes within reach.
Also there are several different definitions of "turn it around." There's the one that any normal company would be happy with: increased revenue and a healthy position in the market. Then there's the one that Microsoft would consider successful: a return to a position where they can pursue a lock-in on every portion of the market.
And that's the real problem facing Microsoft management right now: monopoly is the only game they really know how to play. They've built their entire company around locking people in, leveraging their products against each other and forcing people to use them (or at least giving most people the illusion that they don't have a choice). When forced to play fair, Microsoft does not do quite as well.
Empires crumble from the outside in. Microsoft has never been able to take over the Internet (despite the punditry from years ago that "whoever controls the browser controls the Internet") and their market share in the server market continues to shrink. Consumer products such as gaming, media, and mobile systems are doing ok, but their chances of ever monopolizing those markets to the point where they are calling the shots for the entire industry are slim.
That leaves the core of their empire -- the desktop. As always, Windows and Office are their cash cows. And even those are threatened, as applications move off the desktop, clueful users are beginning to switch to Apple or Linux, and then there's the office file format war -- Microsoft knows everything is at stake here.