I am actually really thankful that Yahoo went with Google as they are a similiar-nature companies whereas Microsoft has been a “has-been” operating system company.
Even as a non-expert on company mergers, I cannot see how Microsoft deal can help “any” company. They really should fix their Vista or just recycle it somehow first.
Maybe Microsoft’s Live search is really on its last threads and they are trying to “buy” their way out into search engine wars.
Either way, I am all for no Microsoft, whether that’s my next computer or search engine.