Cant give up no, @ Mark & @Alan Fisher
"the CEO and board are responsible to ALL shareholders, NOT Icahn. They are responsible for ensuring that the business continues to make a profit"
I completely agree, but I would flip this around and say they are responsible to all shareholders including Icahn, relatively speaking what represents the best deal for one shareholder should be the best deal for all shareholders.
Take their customers - in terms of internet users, MS's acquisition of Yahoo would be destructive, Yahoo users fundamentally wont become MSN users, why, because they already are, there is a huge overlap in most major online markets between the top portals. What they would be buying is a competitive search program.
Sack the people - of course over time deparments/teams would become consildated in order to achieve economies of scale, but Yahoo employees had their jobs safeguarded for at least a year, and we all know what the turnover rate for employees is like in this industry.
Sell of the rest - to who? why? Not a chance. MS dont have much of a history of selling companies, in fact relatively speaking, they even have little history in buying companies in the online space, relative to say Yahoo.
You're completely entitled to prefer Yahoo messenger, I am not in a position to compare the two. I am sure it has some great features.
As for your computer crashing and this being due to messenger, could be, but it cant be happening to everyone otherwise no one would be using it. I certainly use it every day with no problems.
"Any buyup from Microsoft would be the death of a great product" - maybe, but thats not what this is about. The product is dying anyway, if anything think of this as a renaissance.
A penguin, because who doesnt like a penguin?