Underholdning writes "According to Business Week, Steve Balmer still wants Yahoo.. They are not after the technology, but the volume. As in the good old dotcom days, it's all about the users. On the same topic, Adweek quotes Balmer:" Microsoft needs a set change for search". It's all about ad money. The more searches you deliver, the more ads you can serve. And currently, MS simply doesn't have the volume. This is where Yahoo comes in. This all makes sense, but is Live Search good enough not to disappoint the new users?"
theodp writes "Speaking at a conference in NYC, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer did his best to refan the flames of the Mac vs. PC rivalry: 'Now I think the tide has really turned back the other direction [against Apple],' Ballmer said. 'The economy is helpful. Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment — same piece of hardware — paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be.'"