Orange CEO Reveals That Dailymotion Is In Talks With Microsoft Over Partnership


Orange SA Chief Executive Stephane Richard said in an interview with French television channel BFM TV that Dailymotion is in talks with Microsoft for a partnership. Dailymotion is one of the largest video portals in the world but trails Google’s YouTube significantly.

“Talks continue…with Microsoft,” Mr. Richard said, according to a transcript of the BFM interview provided by Orange, who confirmed the comments. “This doesn’t mean that we will reach an agreement.”

He also confirmed that this is not an acquisition, the partnership with Microsoft would be foremost “industrial” and Orange would likely maintain a majority stake in Dailymotion. Last year, Yahoo tried to acquire Dailymotion and the deal got rejected by French government which has some stake in it.

The potential partnership with Microsoft for Dailymotion may be involved with making it as the default video upload option in Windows Phone, Windows and Xbox platform. Microsoft already tried online video portal thing with MSN Video and Soapbox few years back and gave up on the efforts.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

  • Mikado_Wu

    Dear Microsoft,

    What are you doing? Dailymotion is blocked by Most School Firewalls, do to inappropriate content. Go talk to Vimeo. they work better and have some awesome content anyways.

    • Tips_y


    • Nham Thien Duong

      Exactly, Vimeo already has a well established website, content and partners, DailyMotion is probably most people’s 20th (twentieth) or even 30th (thirthieth) choice of selecting a video-player, and as a lot of Bing’s video results tend to bring better Vimeo results than most other providers I’d guess that this would be a better partnership, Vimeo is the well-known alternative, maybe here in Europe it’s DailyMotion, but so far I’d rather go with Vimeo to fight Scroogle’s monopoly, and as people keep complaining about YouTube it wouldn’t be hard for most ”YouTubers” to simply create a ”shadow Vimeo account”, and after several years people’ll be used to know Vimeo as an alternative provider instead of ”the Hipster network”. (Like Friendster, My___,, Google+, QQ, Etc.)

    • Robert Maftei

      but vimeo works with nfsw content 😀

  • Bugbog

    I’ve been wondering for awhile why Microsoft hasn’t tried purchasing an extant [popular] video concern?!

    Vimeo is indeed a better takeover, however if that isn’t succesful (as they’ve likely already been rebuffed) they should invest some of their OneDrive infrastructure in creating “VideoDrive!

    Give it the same sort of infrastructure as Youtube, merge all current existing Microsoft video portal content with in it (MSN, Tech 9, etc), make it possible for all publicly shared OneDrive videos to be viewable/searchable from with the portal, incorporate it into Windows 8/WP/Xbox, the same way OneDrive and Skype are and I’m fairly certain that within a year they’ll have a fairly decent going concern, with the possibility of eventually serving as the second major video portal site after Youtube.

    • JohnCz

      Why not just extend OneDrive to Dailymotion and/or Vimeo instead of building
      it from scratch. I could see Azure & Bing leveraged too.

      • Bugbog

        That’s part of my proposal; hive off a section of the extant OneDrive infrastructure and make it available for public video uploads, link in all available partners/video properties (MSN, Dailymotion, shared OneDrive videos, whatever) and just create a direct link to the facility, i.e. a live-tile.


    • donzebe

      “videoDrive” sound nice

  • Joe_HTH

    Yeah, Vimeo would probably be better. Besides, DailyMotion is a bit of a mess.

  • Umashankar Rathod

    Google is at the top of the mountain because of youtube and seriously there is one giving a tough competition to youtube.Vimeo,dailymotion are good but they need some strong backing with microsoft can provide.Microsoft has provided every alternative to googles services but no alternates to youtube and the time is now..

  • robertwade

    The problem with Vimeo is that their basic service is a LOT more limited than YouTube. Now, if, as part of a Microsoft/Vimeo partnership, the basic account could be closer to what YouTube presents, then I could see this working. Otherwise, not a chance.