Microsoft already allows their users to import their email from Gmail to Outlook.com, due to the success of the program, they are now announcing today that users can use Outlook.com to import and manage your email from Yahoo Mail and many other IMAP-enabled email providers. Microsoft has now implemented a import wizard in Outlook.com that allows users to import and manage your mail from Yahoo Mail or many other IMAP-enabled email providers, or from Gmail. You can keep your old email addresses, but manage them all from one place: Outlook.com. Importing your email from Yahoo Mail Importing your Yahoo Mail into Outlook.com is simple. To get started, navigate to Options and then click Import email accounts. Select Yahoo, enter your Yahoo email address and password, and then click Import. This will also set up your Yahoo email address as a “send from” account, meaning you can continue to send emails from your Yahoo address, right from ...

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Yahoo has changed significantly since Marissa Mayer took over the company.  In fact before she became CEO, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had a deal with then interim CEO Ross Levinsohn wherein Yahoo would turn over its entire search business — patents and all — in exchange for Microsoft’s large online media property, MSN.com, and long-term, guaranteed cash payments.  Within 24 hours of hearing the deal Mayer killed it and fired the executive who had spent months negotiating it.   A few months later rumors came about that Mayer had met with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to discuss the possibility of partnering to create a search engine. Some time later Mayer tried to slow the rollout of its search deal with Microsoft.  Court filings showed Mayer questioned Microsoft’s commitment.  A U.S. judge ended up ruling that Yahoo must adopt Microsoft’s search technology in Taiwan and Hong Kong under their partnership.  Mayer ...

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Many years ago when Android started to become more popular and eat into the iPhone’s dominance, Apple made a decision to lessen their reliance on Google.  In what became a PR nightmare, Apple created their own mapping solution and stopped using Google Maps.  In addition on the backend, Siri is now powered by Bing.  This was done well over a year ago and an announcement was made at the time.  Up until now we have not had any numbers as to how many queries Bing receives from Siri users.   Qi Lu, the longtime head of Microsoft’s search and online services, shed some light on this in a recent interview with Recode: We haven’t heard a lot about search in a while. We’ve heard that Yahoo hasn’t been very happy with the partnership. Is it critical to Bing’s future to have that Yahoo partnership? We’re very happy with the Yahoo partnership. ...

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Microsoft has been under a storm of criticism lately over reading the emails of a blogger’s Hotmail account linked to an ex-Microsoft employee who leaked Windows 8 builds.  Microsoft looked through the Hotmail account without getting a court order.  However, this issue is slightly more nuanced than it seems.  A corporation, in fact, cannot get a court order to search themselves.  Microsoft Vice President and Deputy General Counsel released a statement clarifying the matter: Courts do not issue orders authorizing someone to search themselves, since obviously no such order is needed. So even when we believe we have probable cause, it’s not feasible to ask a court to order us to search ourselves. However, even we should not conduct a search of our own email and other customer services unless the circumstances would justify a court order, if one were available. Microsoft has issued some guidelines on looking customer data during ...

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Given some of Marrissa Mayers recent comments about the Yahoo/Bing search alliance, you may have believed that the money Yahoo was receiving from Microsoft amounted to a rounding error on the accountant’s spreadsheet.  But perception does not appear to be in line with reality as it was revealed today that the revenue from Microsoft accounted for nearly 1/3 of Yahoo’s revenue last quarter! I do not think I am exaggerating when I say that is much more than anyone expected.  Yahoo reported that it had $1.139 billion in revenue last quarter (GAAP), which means Microsoft gave Yahoo around $353 million as part of the search alliance. Yahoo agreed to disclose more details on its revenue tied to search and display advertising after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sent letters to the company asking for clarification.  The company outlined the portion of revenue it gets from a search agreement with ...

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Microsoft has grown quite fond of doing Reddit IamAs (‘ask me anything’) recently.   It is one of the many practices still continued from the Steven Sinofsky era.  And to the company’s credit their employees have been fairly honest and open in answering questions.  Following the Visual Studio 2013 launch well known Microsoftie Scott Hanselman along other members of the ASP.NET team held an IamA on reddit.  The questions asked often veer off the intended topic. User “bmoneybryan” asked: For Scott Hanselman (@shanselman): This is pretty off-topic, but I believe you once mentioned you worked from home, if a new CEO inserts a policy like Yahoo or HP where you have to work in the office at Microsoft, will you still be working at Microsoft? Some employees mentioned you’re an expert in African-American culture, is this true? Mr. Hanselman answered the questions quite honestly: Working from Home: Yes, if they tell me I have to move, ...

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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has been on a shopping spree lately.  Since she took over Yahoo she has made a number of acqui-hires including Stamped (a mobile-review app maker), OnTheAir (in broadcasting video chats or interviews to online audiences)  Snip.it (clipping service for the web), Alike, Jybe (a social recommendation site), Summly (a news condenser app maker), Astrid (a task-management app), GoPollGo, MileWise, and Loki Studios (develops games based on user’s location).  Most of the deals have been under $30 million. Now Mayer has set her eyes on Tumblr.  Tumblr was founded in 2007 as a micro-blogging service.  Tumblr has raised $125 million from investors including Spark Capital, Union Square Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Greylock Partners, Insight Venture Partners and the Chernin Group.  Tumblr now has a reported valuation of $800 million and Yahoo’s current offer is $1.1 Billion in cash.  Mayer believes this acquisition is vital to turning Yahoo into a more mobile centered company.  Almost ...

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The Sunday Telegraph, via Business Insider, reports that Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer is in talks with Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg about a search tie up. Apparently Yahoo has been looking to extricate themselves from their 10 year deal with Microsoft, launched in 2009, and Facebook has been looking to get into the search game, with Mark Zuckerberg famously noting  they are in a “pretty uniquely positioned to answer the questions people have”. The Yahoo partnership has been central in keeping Bing, which has only 16% market share on its own, relevant against the Google behemoth, which has 66% share. Together with Yahoo, which is powered by Bing, Microsoft has access to around 30% of the search market in US. Loosing access to this stream of data would be extremely detrimental to the quality of Bing’s search results. Of course it is likely that Microsoft’s deal with Yahoo is air ...

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As Microsoft’s search engine Bing gains credibility, Google appears to be suffering the consequences. Compete has found as Google’s search share has dropped 2.6% between July 2011 and 2012 that Bing has seen a 4.2% increase in market share. Fortunately for Microsoft, Bing has become the desired search engine for new platforms such as the new improved Kindle Fire as well as Windows 8 and Windows Phones; meaning that it’s nothing but good news for Microsoft. Google still dominates approximately 65.7% of the market in comparison to Yahoo with 15.1% and Bing with 19.2%; but to be fair, Google has been active since 1998 and Yahoo in 1994, whereas Bing was only created merely 3 years ago in 2009.  In addition Bing is responsible for Yahoo’s market share as Microsoft has a deal with Yahoo to provide search results for their search engine.  Hopefully the integration of Bing with Windows ...

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Reports emerged today that Silver Lake consortium backed by Microsoft is looking to acquire a minority stake in Yahoo. There are also other bidders on this financial proposal. NYT says, A consortium of investors led by the private equity firm Silver Lake and Microsoft is one of several parties that will be submitting a plan to take a minority stake in Yahoo, according to people briefed on the matter. TPG Capital, another private equity firm, is also expected to submit a proposal, these people said. Both plans involve taking as much as a 20 percent stake in Yahoo. Silver Lake, Microsoft and its consortium, which will most likely include the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, may be particularly attractive to Yahoo, which is seeking to bolster its leadership on the product and finance side. There are lots of others trying to bid for Yahoo’s stake. Alibaba group from China in which Yahoo has 40% stake is also ...

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According to sources familiar with the matter, Microsoft has signed NDA with Yahoo to begin talks about bidding for the assests of Yahoo reported New York Times today. Microsoft will join the private equity firms like Silver Lake, TPG Capital and others who were also signed similar NDA’s with Yahoo last month about buying Yahoo. Even though Microsoft has several year Search deal with the company, other assets of Yahoo will largely overlap with Microsoft assests. Some of them are Yahoo.com, Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Messenger, Yahoo News, etc,. Microsoft may not need those assets but they are closely related to search, so it may help other firms to buy Yahoo by financing the deal to keep its search deal in action as it is today. Lets see how the deal plays out.. Source: NYT ...

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If may caused flashbacks to 2008, but it seems Microsoft is once again considering buying Yahoo. Reuters report that “sources close to the situation” say on this occasion Microsoft may not go it alone, but attempt a purchase in partnership with another company, as has been their pattern recently. According to Reuters other bidders include Providence Equity Partners, Hellman & Friedman and Silver Lake Partners, as well as Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and Russian technology investment firm DST Global. The deal has internal opposition in Microsoft, where some are unsure the deal is worth pursuing, according to “a high-ranking Microsoft executive”. Yahoo’s share price has rallied on the rumour, being up more that 7% versus the open this morning, giving the company a market cap of nearly $20 billion. The company hit a low of $14 billion as recently as the beginning of August 2011, and has since then fired ...

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There have been recent rumours that Yahoo is looking to sell itself, and an internal Yahoo memo to all staff does not do much to dispel the rumour. Jerry Yang sent a memo to all staff extolling the value of the company, including owning “nine of the #1 properties in the U.S.”, being “a leader in display advertising” and having “an iconic brand”. He then spoke of a strategic review to enhance the “value of Yahoo! for all of its stakeholders”. The review will be led by investment bank and adviser to Yahoo Allen & Company, and he observed that they were “fielding inquiries from multiple parties that have already expressed interest in a number of potential options”. While Jerry remains cagey in the memo and talks about Yahoo as a company which “endures”, a Yahoo insider has recently claimed “Yahoo is open to selling itself to the right bidder” ...

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Yahoo’s Carol Bartz and Steve Ballmer in happier times There is talks of AOL and Yahoo looking for a merger, but now Microsoft is also rumoured to be sniffing around the ailing Yahoo. "Definitely, people are talking about it," a MSN source told Business Insider. While we usually think in terms of Bing and Yahoo, which makes the deal less attractive as Microsoft has a 10 year search deal with the company, it is Microsoft’s MSN destination which could benefit the most from an outright purchase. The source told Business Insider Microsoft was not interested in AOL, noting "Yahoo is a lot more interesting. If it comes into play, then at least their U.S. media business is a pretty interesting asset. It’s complicated because of those Asian assets." "The portal space is challenged. Facebook is just absorbing more and more minutes – usage. That’s having an effect on portals. The ...

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Yahool, AOL and Microsoft are to pool their “Class 2 display”  ad inventory from their respective web properties and allow the other members to sell this to advertisers. The deal will give each member greater capacity to sell to advertisers and deal with large orders internally, rather than having to farm these out to 3rd party ad networks. Yahoo Americas head Ross Levinsohn  revealed the deal on behalf of Yahoo at a dinner meeting last night, with AOL CEO Tim Armstrong attended as well as Microsoft Advertising COO Dave O’Hara. The deal appears to be targeted at Google, currently the largest display advertiser, and should give each member greater scale than they would have had individually. Microsoft already has a search deal with Yahoo, and the two has been slowly eating into Google US search share, which is down 6.5% year on year so far. Read more at AllThingsD.com ...

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Yahoo’s CEO Carol Bartz, has apparently just been fired , with CFO Tim Morse being installed temporarily in her place. The turmoil at the top may signify a change in strategy from the company, and while they still maintain they are looking for “organic growth” an insider has claimed “Yahoo is open to selling itself to the right bidder” according to TNW. Microsoft famously attempted to purchase Yahoo for $ 44.6 billion in 2008.  The company is currently trading for close to a third of the value to a market cap of $16 billion, and while Microsoft may once again by interested, I suspect on this occasion the only segment they would be interested in would be the search business, rather than the whole company. Microsoft already had an existing deal to provide the search back end for Yahoo, giving Bing a de facto 30% US market share. Do our ...

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