"Microsoft Does Not Need Yahoo Anymore" MSN Strategist Claims

With the purchase of aQuantive and its other advertising assets, Microsoft nolonger needs to buy Yahoo to conquer the online advertising world, Microsoft Chief Advertising Strategist Yusuf Mehdi stated, according to 247WallSt.com.

"The whole thing rings a bit hollow. Numbers from Hitwise show that Microsoft's US search share dropped from 12.6% in April 06 to 8.5% last month. Google's share of market rose sharply to 65.3%," wrote Douglas A. McIntyre, at the 247wallst.com site.

"While search is not everything when it comes to building a successful online advertising business, it is something. Or, perhaps a lot of something. Microsoft may hope its new aQuantive's ad serving platform and MSN and Microsoft Live can dig that company's online business out of its hole," McIntyre stated.

About the author

Frank Watson has been involved with the Web since it started. For the past five years, he headed SEM for FXCM -- at one time one of the top 25 spenders with AdWords. He has worked with most of the major analytics companies and pioneered the ability to tie online marketing with offline conversion.

He has now started his own marketing agency, Kangamurra Media. This new venture will keep him busy when he is not editing the Search Engine Watch forums, blogging at a number of authoritative sites, and developing some interesting online community sites.

He was one of the first 100 AdWords Professionals, a Yahoo and Overture Ambassador, and a member or mod of many of the industry forums. He is also on the Click Quality Council and has worked hard to diminish click fraud.