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When Microsoft met Yahoo

Today, Microsoft and Yahoo announced a new partnership, which will allow Microsoft to integrate Yahoo’s search technology. Together, they hope to compete with Google as main search engine.

Ah yes, where are the times that I used all kinds of search engines? I used to be a fan of Yahoo for more categorical searches, Ask Jeeves (now simply Ask, although people seemed to miss Jeeves so much they brought him back in the UK version) for specific questions, and Copernicus when I needed lots of results, but somehow, I stopped using all these others and automatically open Google when I need to find something. I wasn’t sure why, but after going back for a brief visit to some of the other search engines and doing some tests, I must admit that I like Google’s results the best. I did a quick test looking for info on our virtual learning environment Toledo and it took me a long time before i finally found something with Yahoo. Ask and Bing (Microsoft’s own beta search engine) did better. And I really don’t like Yahoo’s portal with its fancy cruise advertisements and clip-art pics, I prefer the clean, polished start page of Google any day! In that respective, I rather like Bing, which has more or less stolen Google’s lay-out, but with a fancy background that makes me long for vacation.

If you think about it, it’s really funny that Microsoft now partners up with Yahoo, after they first tried to buy the company. If you can’t beat them, join them? It’s a relief to realise that money can’t buy everything, and that even Microsoft sometimes has to bite the dust. Maybe they can have a chat with Blackboard, to get some tips. Although they are probably not celebrating either at the moment, since two days ago, the U.S. Court of Appeal re-affirmed the invalidation of their patent claim against Desire2Learn. You can’t win them all, as they say…