I open up my morning reading and here is the first thing that grabs me:
Of course, something of this magnitude the first place I went for comments was to the Scobleizer. After his stint at MS and his frustrated departure, I knew he would have some interesting thoughts (also a great link to all the buzz around this already).
My initial reaction is that this is a great business merger. Squeeze some huge operating efficiencies (aka, lay off alot of people) and give the combined entity a better chance to compete against Google…not say that they would be able to compete, as the result of that would be seen only a year out and there are a lot of decisions to be made between now and then that will impact the effectiveness of the merger.
I think actually making this work would be tough considering the cultural difference between the two. There would also be the potential for a large exodus of users who don’t want to support MS. Maybe a better acquirer would be Google…as if that would get past the regulators.