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Microsoft + Yahoo! =services

Microsoft has a history of making acquisitions, and few comes to mind of anywhere close to a success. The recent exception being Bungie, and only because Microsoft left them alone. For example, in 1997 Microsoft acquired Vxtreme Inc for their web theater technology with $75 million. What web theater?

With the help of Josh Philips from WindowsConnected.com we’ve compiled a list of existing Yahoo services and matched it with existing Microsoft offerings. It’s an astounding number of overlaps. Of course there’s many more services from Microsoft without Yahoo equivalents (ex. Office Live).

Now imagine for each and every one of these you have to make a decision – to keep it as is, integrate Yahoo’s into Microsoft’s, integrate Microsoft’s into Yahoo’s or even come up with a new hybrid. Simple branding aside, I think the developers are going to have to work quite a few late nights to integrate what I believe are two monolithic systems together.

Whatever they do, they better not ruin Flickr.

Yahoo Equivalent
Microsoft Equivalent
Content PortalsYahoo.com
Yahoo Auto
Yahoo Finances
MSN Auto
MSN Finances
Country-specific Content Portalsex. Yahoo7.com.auex. Ninemsn.com
Account ManagementYahoo IDLive ID
Personal HomepageMy Yahoo!Live.com
SearchYahoo SearchLive Search
Casual gamingYahoo GamesMSN Games
MappingYahoo MapsLive Maps
Instant MessengerYahoo MessengerLive Messenger
MailYahoo MailLive Hotmail
Community Help ServiceYahoo AnswersLive QnA
Photo SharingFlickrLive Spaces
Blogging360°Live Spaces
WidgetsYahoo WidgetsWindows Sidebar
Search AdvertisingYahoo Search MarketingMicrosoft adCenter
MobileYahoo MobileLive Mobile
Web DevelopmentYahoo Developer NetworkDev.Live.com
Web Mashup ToolsYahoo PipesPopfly
Website ServicesYahoo Small BusinessOffice Live
Social EventsUpcomingLive Events
Social Bookmarkingdel.icio.us(Advertising deal with Digg)
Music ServiceY! Music/MusicMatchZune Marketplace, MSN Music
Music SoftwareMusic JukeboxWindows Media Player

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