Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

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Mr. Ballmer, Please Do Not Bailout Yahoo

An Open Letter to Steve Ballmer.

Dear Mr. Ballmer,

Congratulations on all the product launches your company has undertaken in the last two weeks. Microsoft is in the midst of rolling out it’s greatest slate of software in its history, and all of your employees need to keep their eyes on the ball to bring this exciting stable of software to fruition.

Yahoo, on the other hand, is a terribly-managed company, with their Chief Yahoo really living up to his name. They have no direction, no focus, no goals, and their stock price is in the crapper. They don’t use any Microsoft technologies in their operation (save for running Windows on their desktops) and they just ditched the only effort to develop on a Microsoft platform that they’ve undertaken in a long time. They may be a great Windows customer, but that’s about it.

Just because Microsoft earns more than a year than many countries, does not mean that you should get in the business of bailing out failing companies. Apparently, that is Congress’ job. The only thing that could possibly be valuable to you is their server infrastructure, and there are cheaper ways to buy hardware.

Mr. Ballmer, Yahoo is a dying company. Let capitalism take its course. There are plenty of better ways to spend your money. Thank you for your time.


Robert W. McLaws
Microsoft Fan and Blogger

UPDATE: Ballmer says Microsoft has “moved on”. Good to hear :)



  • Aaron said:

    I highly doubt in the current economic climate Ballmer will want to go there. Maybe when Yahoo is in the bargain bin they will take another look.

    November 5, 2008 8:49 PM
  • Joe said:

    Amen.  But I doubt that Microsoft is going to strike any deals with Yahoo.  The money that was burning a hole in their collective pocket is now being used for share buybacks (up to $40 billion) and Kevin Johnson is gone.  You would think they had learned their lesson with the aQuantive fiasco, but Johnson was behind that, too.  Good riddance.

    November 6, 2008 11:39 AM
  • Bob said:

    Ballmer isn't interested in bailing out Yahoo, He's interested in figuring out how to compete against Google, which MS has failed miserably at so far. Yahoo is the logical way to increase MS's search share, and without that they have little chance at all. So while buying Yahoo may not be the right vehicle, a MS/Yahoo deal of some sort is.

    November 6, 2008 12:10 PM
  • I would. said:

    true. you wait for the best time to buy. but this is not like playing stocks. you can't be sure what's going happen a few month later. yahoo may not worth much for anybody else, but worth a world for msft. search business of yahoo will grow with tremedous financing from msft. what i see is: msft + yahoo search, google is not google anymore. yes, you wait for better deal, but you may alse risk losing business opportunity. I would choose the certain good deal, not the uncertain better deal.

    November 6, 2008 2:30 PM
  • Emil said:

    I completely agree with this letter. Well done!

    November 8, 2008 10:44 PM