Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer just can't get away from questions about going after Yahoo - again. Just over a year after the software giant made a public - and unsolicited - bid for the Sunnyvale search engine, the playing field has changed. The economy went to the pooper and Yahoo!'s stock followed suit. Then there's a brand spankin' new CEO in former Autodesk Chairman Carol Bartz.
So when Ballmer recently said that any deal with Yahoo! would be a grab for eyeballs, not technology - I tend to believe him. After all, he's got a bunch of Yahoo! talent now. They have the tech know-how. What else would he really need Yahoo! for?
Of course, that won't stop the questions from being asked and the whispers from being uttered. Will Microsoft and Yahoo! strike a deal? Only time will tell, but the nature of a new deal almost certainly has changed.