Speaking strictly on the numbers, taking three search companies and essentially turning them into two is not better for competition in the slightest. Micro-hoo is good for each other, not us as the end user. They only stand to provide value for themselves and maybe if they don’t screw this up, the share holders of the perspective companies.
This article sums up the whole thing as basically unfortunate. I would be inclined to agree. With Yahoo and Bing finally beginning to try new things, I see the article as hitting the nail on the head in demonstrating that once again, innovation is not Microsoft’s strong suit.
No, while they started to make real progress with Bing, this latest deal with Yahoo simply demonstrates that they are only interested in the bottom line even to the degree of not allowing Yahoo to be forced to innovate on their own. And that is sad.