Posted April 1, 2008 9:54 am by with 5 comments

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Despite what foolery you may read today, Microsoft has no plans to raise its $44.6 billion bid for Yahoo.

According to the WSJ

Such pronouncements are standard in deal negotiations but people close to Microsoft insist the stance isn’t posturing. While speculation has swirled that Microsoft was poised to raise its bid, Microsoft is instead biding its time. The software giant likely hopes to use the potential of a sweetened offer to lure Yahoo into serious discussions. So far the two sides have only had one meeting.

"There’s no reason to bid against ourselves," one of these people said.

Why would it? Since its original bid, Yahoo’s not found anyone to counter-offer and hasn’t shown any signs that it’s on the verge of a turnaround in fortunes. Microsoft’s like a deadly spider that’s caught an insect in its web. No need to be hasty, just let the insect tire itself out, then move in for the kill.

  • Andy: The Microsoft-Yahoo deal is pretty much a given; only the timing of the announcement is unanswered. But I’m writing to comment on the foolish move by InfoWorld to join the April 1 children. I was horrified to see an actual news shop playing pranks. As April 1 approaches, reporters have it drilled into their heads not to even dare file a fake story. Such stunts as the one InfoWorld really hurts everyone’s credibility.

  • I think this takeover is only a matter of time. Give it a year or two and Yahoo would accept even a lower offer.

  • @Ed – I totally agree with you. Messing with shareholders is not the best idea. Especially as you have to go to page 2 of the Infoworld story to get confirmation it’s a joke.

  • Andy: Just in case you want to join others asking InfoWorld what gives, here’s site editor’s Tom Kaneshige’s e-mail:

  • I think it is going to happen but I think it is too sad. I like Yahoo and Microsoft, sorry, but I think we will loose a lot in a merger.