Microhoo or Screw You? - Yahoos Option 4
4. Fight Microsoft
"Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light." Probably the most improbable scenario, but just as PeopleSoft did with Oracle five years ago, Yahoo could find some way to get Microsoft into court on the grounds that it is hurting its business. Such a case would likely drag on for years, with Yahoo ultimately capitulating after suffering operating losses and a tarnished brand. If this happens, no one wins, because Microsoft will get damaged goods.
Since the ink dried on Microsoft's original $44.6 billion purchase offer for Yahoo on Jan. 31, Yahoo has been turning every which way for help, wheeling and dealing to avoid becoming the rival software giant's lunch. Here are some scenarios-