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Is This Why Microsoft Lost AOL?

The Wall Street Journal has an article detailing some behind-the-scenes of the Google/AOL/Microsoft negotiations, and this tidbit is kind of shocking.

Two weeks ago, when Time Warner Inc. was on the cusp of signing a sweeping online deal with Microsoft Corp., a team of executives from the media company’s AOL unit traveled to Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Wash., to make sure everything was in order.

When the executives returned, they reported back to Time Warner’s top deal negotiator, Olaf Olafsson, with some less-than-satisfactory findings. They had found some of Microsoft’s technology to be clunky, while the contemplated joint venture with the software king contained what they thought were financial pitfalls.

Toss those two paragraphs a few times around and watch even more people desert Microsoft. Does this bother you, Scoble?
(via Todd Bishop)

December 21st, 2005 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | General, Corporate | one comment
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  1. Let me get this straight… AOL execs called Microsoft technology clunky. Aren’t these the guys with the “rainman” technology? Come on, enough with the Microsoft-bashing and the “Google can do no wrong” bit. The two Google wonder-kids are no Warren Buffett. Reality will eventually set in. That’s my prediction for 2006 ;) Merry Christmas

    Jeff

    Comment by Jeff Centimano | 12/22/2005

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