Yahoo is finally about to sit down and talk about the possibility of selling a minority stake in its company to one of various bidders. As reported here, Yahoo is looking to strike a deal to sell a minority stake of 20 per cent to a private-equity firm by year's end. Bloomberg reports that private equity firm Silver Lake, working with Microsoft and venture- capital firm Andreessen Horowitz are looking to to buy part of Yahoo.
Still, Microsoft is also probably keeping all its options open. As I point out here, getting Yahoo would allow Microsoft to its integrate its Bing search engine into the system to fetch answers to user queries. Microsoft might also integrate Skype, which it bought last May for $8.5 billion, into a Bing-Yahoo mix, transforming Microsoft into a major Web player.
Microsoft is not committed to the partnership with private equity, they're just doing whatever it takes. Sources claim here that Microsoft is really just a free agent determined to build a search engine to rival Google.