The Threat Of The Microsoft Bid For A Yahoo Takeover
By James Donahue
Those of us now struggling with
the built-in problems in the new Windows Vista operating system in our new personal computers are silently cursing Bill Gates
and his big money operation on almost a daily basis.
The system is found to be incompatible
with a lot of our old and costly software that works perfectly well with the older Windows XP and Windows 2000 systems. While
new computers come equipped with compatible software, we are discovering, to our horror, that the Microsoft programs, like
Office, which contain word processing, graphics and bookkeeping programming that we all use, are only available on a trial
basis. If we want this new software, we have to pay Microsoft directly to get it.
Small wonder Gates is as wealthy
as he is. He has created an empire that exploits the Internet in a way that is somewhat of a monopoly.
This is why the issue of the Microsoft
effort to take over Yahoo, one of the most popular and successful browsers, entertainment and information services available
on the web, is so scary. Imagine how Gates might turn a program like Yahoo into a new money-making enterprise, and a mass
media controlling system, at our expense.
A board of director's meeting, now
set for the end of July, is expected to be a show-down as new board members are elected and a decision is made to accept or
reject a new $47.5 billion offer by Microsoft to take over the company. Microsoft claims it needs Yahoo to go in competition
with the popular Internet search engine Google.
But Google executive Larry Page
knows what a threat to the Internet Microsoft could become if it ever gets that deeply entrenched in the system. He recently
warned that the acquisition would harm innovation by giving the combined company too much control over Web communications.
concerned that a Yahoo-Microsoft merger would really close a lot of things that are really important,” Page said. He
said one such threat would be the development of an instant messaging system that would not be compatible with other software.
In other words, folks with alternative
operating systems, including the powerful Macintosh computers, and the Linux system, that is growing in popularity because
it is not Vista, could find themselves unable to use Yahoo.
Once Microsoft succeeds in taking
over Yahoo, what is going to stop that company giant from expanding its interests with perhaps a Google takeover, followed
by MySpace, E-Bay and the multitude of other big money-making enterprises now operating on the World Wide Web.
Something like that would assure
Microsoft a key place in all Internet services. To enjoy the web services we would be required to not only buy Microsoft products,
but purchase their services on line as well. And once the company has that kind of power, it can literally set the price we