Microsoft has officially pulled is Yahoo offer. In my mind furthering their already huge plunge into the dark waters of irrelevancy. No large company in their right mind would want to merge with Microsoft at this point. Firstly, Balmer is no Gates. Balmer reminds me of an angry junior high school teacher who is trying to make himself feel important by bulling the kids. Well this time the kids stood up for themselves.
I don't even understand why Yahoo was attractive to Microsoft in the first place. Anything useful from Yahoo would be killed by the Microsoft's culture. You can't "borg" Yahoo. It just wouldn't make any sense for a "Windows Only" company to take over a company like Yahoo that has used so much open source to fuel its features. While I'm not exactly a Yahoo fan either, I think their open source usage and support is to be commended.
I don't think Microsoft's leadership is capable of understanding Yahoo's technology choices or supporting them after a merger. If they aren't buying them for their technology, what else would they buy them for? If its for their users, then they would be in for a horrid shock. After killing their services with "Microsoft" technology and idiotic marketing shams, how many users would be left? I guess the scariest thing is that Microsoft's leadership actually thought this was a remotely good idea. It just shows the complete level of delusion of its leadership.