Posted December 5, 2008 6:46 am by with 13 comments

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A couple of weeks ago, we reported on rumors that Yahoo’s Dr. Qi Lu had left the company to join Microsoft. Whether or not he left Yahoo with a Microsoft offer-letter in hand–we suspect he did–Dr. Lu has indeed resurfaced at Microsoft.

According to the official release from Microsoft:

Dr. Lu will lead Microsoft’s efforts in search and online advertising and all the company’s online information and communications services. Dr. Lu will report to Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer.

Dr. Lu played an instrumental role in the development of Yahoo’s search platform, which begs the question; what did Microsoft just achieve?

Is it a) why acquire Yahoo, when you can hire the guy that built its search platform? Or b) hire the guy that built Yahoo’s search platform–which has never lived up to its full potential and still lags way behind Google.

Whatever the answer, Dr. Lu will officially start work at Microsoft on January 5th.

  • This is the online war where every company need expert for there company. This is the best example of it.

  • You were indeed bang on. Good move by MS.

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  • Where Microsoft can’t acquisition yahoo, they hijack the yahoo people.. nice move Steve.

  • Great question Andy – I guess time will tell if it was a good move, but you have to wonder how true “b” is. I guess MS figures anything is better than where we currently are. Qu Lu may have been hindered somehow over at Yahoo! hopefully this increases competition – it will only be good for all users if it does.

  • I think the answer is A.

    Yahoo is not a bad search engine actually. Try using it for a day or two and you would notice that its not ‘that bad’ :). Some may even find the results better than Google.

    I guess the problem of Yahoo is somewhere else not with their Engine.

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  • This is not a good sign for Yahoo. If other companies like Google and Microsoft can take some of their best workers, they will have a tough time keeping up.

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  • That’s so funny. No wonder why they were so stern in saying that they weren’t interested in buying Yahoo anymore. Can’t wait to see how this plays out.

  • And the MicroHoo saga continues… makes sense to recruit the designer of the race car if you can’t buy the team……much cheaper this way. I see this as a good solid foundation to maybe come up with something really competitive?

  • “War” everywhere. This is the online war, to win every move and strategy is legal LOL

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  • I am sure dr Lu has some kind of contract not allowing him to speak about Yahoo. Or, at least, I could imagine. I used to Work for Canon. Xerox approached me, but I was told by Canon to not tell anything. Contract is contract. How about dr Lu?

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  • I’ll believe that Microsoft can realisically compete with Google when I actually see it.. But I’m not holding my breath

  • It is really great news for the microsoft.

  • JT

    Microsoft always “buying” the expert from other companies. That’s what they do.

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