Here are the four big reasons pundits think Yahoo got the short end of the stick:
- Yahoo's giving up on its own technology: "In the end, Microsoft will hold all the cards." BusinessWeek
- Ever heard of AOL? "AOL's search fortunes are hitched to Google. Yahoo's search bounty will be tied to Bing." ZDNet
- Running the sales force will be a nightmare: "In our opinion, sales and technology are way too tightly linked in this business to split responsibilities between two huge companies that each have other things to worry about." Silicon Valley Insider
- Investors hate that Yahoo's getting no upfront cash: "Yahoo's shares slipped into the mud on the deal's announcement." Digital Daily
"While dropping Yahoo Search could leave the company vulnerable if Microsoft ever decides to abandon the deal, in the near term it will save Yahoo lots of money and help it reap billions, too."