Why it is sure that Microsoft will make another bid!
Microsoft just on a new profit wave with Windows7 ! Ballmer knows this does not hold forever and has to act! Profit just jumped to $4.5 billion this quarter, so Microsoft made almost $8 billion this year, Ballmer can buy Yahoo easily! Yahoo got even cheaper while Yahoo bought back shares for $1 billion in the first half year, so Microsoft does not pay a premium on these shares! Ballmer gets all the cash and Asian Assets and a profitable company! Microsoft doesn't need to pay for search anymore and does not worry about future license fees to Yahoo which had to be decided in days and could be worth $ billions! This should not even be a question for Ballmer to buy or not to buy! This is the right step after the first one with the search deal and its approval! Right now he could get Yahoo for $28+ !