Microhoo or Screw You? - Microsofts Option 1
1. Host a Sit-Down with Shareholders
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer should be putting the major shareholders at Legg Mason and Capital Research and Management on speed dial and requesting in-person meetings to profess to all of the goodness that could come from a Microhoo when it's all said and done. Ballmer must paint a rosy picture of life after the deal, painting Microhoo as a desktop-Internet software powerhouse catering to most of the world's consumers in the same affable way that Google tries to present itself.
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-