It’s my industry, so my ears perked up today. It appears that Microsoft is about to try to acquire Yahoo, and they’ve sent a letter that essentially leaves the door open for a hostile takeover.
On that same New York Times story, you’ll see a comment from “Hugo D”:
“use Yahoo as my homepage, search engine, and for my newsgroup. If Microsoft pursues a hostile takeover, I am switching to another host.”
If Microsoft follows through, I think you’d see something of a user exodus from Yahoo. MBAs might have another opinion, but my gut feeling is that Yahoo users are unhappy with the offering, a Microsoft acquisition would be the last straw. I’ve had three people in the last week ask me how to get away from Yahoo! Mail.