For several weeks Microsoft has been in discussions about a possible acquisition of online auctioneer eBay, The Post has learned. According to multiple sources close to the matter, Microsoft has considered buying eBay and merging it with its MSN portal – a deal that would give MSN and eBay considerable clout to take on Google. Sources indicate that the talks, while still active, have cooled somewhat in the last two weeks as executives considered antitrust issues. It is unclear what the full impact of yesterday’s advertising and search alliance between Yahoo! and eBay will be for talks between MSN and eBay. One source close to the matter suggested the Yahoo-eBay tie-up would not stop Microsoft from pursuing the online auctioneer.
Und SAP soll ja angeblich auch auf Partnersuche sein (mehrfach in Verbindung mit Microsoft gebracht worden). Na, das werden noch lustige Zeiten für Börsianer.