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Yahoo, Microsoft finalize search agreement

By Jos ยท 9 replies
Dec 7, 2009
  1. Earlier this year, after a failed merger attempt and months of back and forth negotiations, Microsoft and Yahoo officially announced a search deal intended to help them compete more effectively with Google. The companies had hoped to have the details worked out by late October, and after a brief delay they've now "finalized and executed the definitive Search and Advertising Services and Sales Agreement and License Agreement."

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,635   +697

    MS and Yahoo! must be pretty scared of Google if they're jumping into the same bathtub.
  3. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,333   +280

    Indeed. And you just KNOW that Google is hiding behind a shower curtain with a plugged-in toaster, just waiting to toss it in with them. <cue sinister suspense movie music>
  4. Well, it's official. Yahoo is now a rent-a-brand, with no technology behind it. I'm afraid that Yahoo will start a slow decline as its users start switching to Bing (why get second-hand results and not go to the source directly?). And in 10 years when the deal expires, Yahoo will expire as well.
  5. windmill007

    windmill007 TS Rookie Posts: 308

    Yahoo results weren't that good anyways so I think Bing powering there search will only help.
  6. levar

    levar TS Rookie Posts: 229

    Yahoo results for anything yahoo related, especially yahoo Answers! are exact. But good idea if they plan on competing against Google.
  7. vangrat

    vangrat TS Rookie Posts: 223

    I think this might be a precursor to that Yahoo Microsoft merger that they tried and failed, Seems like the lock in for 10 years will allow a reasonable enough time to pass so that in that time they will be able to try the merger again and possibly succeed as they will have been a cooperating organisation for such a long time already. In the meantime I do believe that Yahoo will loose alot of interest and honestly I don't believe people will move to Bing as MS hopes but instead be scared away to Google. My opinion of this whole thing is that it is a bad idea that is going to hurt both companies in both the short and long term.
  8. lfg18

    lfg18 TS Rookie Posts: 86

    I have never likes the results displayed by microsoft, even if they change the name and get a new logo, and for yahoo, they are accurate whrn i'm searching for images but not that much for webpages, It is more than obvious that they are doing this to fight google
  9. HDDC

    HDDC TS Rookie

    I think it is great news.
    Bing and Yahoo Search Engines both need to improve and Google has so much market share that it needs some decent competition. Should hopefully be a good thing for the end user IMO.
  10. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 529   +7

    I guess this makes sense for Yahoo. Although the "lower costs" just mean they are going to lay off more people. I wonder what the moral is like at Yahoo these days.
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