So it is all over the web today that Microsoft are making a bid to purchase Yahoo no doubt in an effort to regain some of the ground lost to Google in the search space. How different it could have all been though. Microsoft were late in realising the power of the web and seem to now be paying dearly ($44.bn) for their lack of foresight. However, whether they would have ever had the flexibility to match the agility of Google is another matter.
It is difficult to image two more different business than Microsoft and Yahoo and so knitting the two together, should the deal go through, is going to be an interesting challenge. Not one that Mr. Gates needs to worry about too much though with him stepping down from the company in the summer.
More insight from the BBC.