The New York Times reports this morning that Microsoft is wooing Google and has offered to buy (ie, assimilate) the upstart firm.
Neither Google nor Microsoft would confirm the paper’s report. News.google.com, science-tech section, does not list the story, but a search on Google, IPO and Microsoft yields a plethora of citations, many talking about the NYT story.
The Financial Times reported last week that Google was exploring an IPO. Microsoft announced this week that it was splitting MSN into two parts; news reports noted that the firm is still trying to write its own search software.
We can only hope that Google founders remain committed to their own vision, and that they don’t succumb to the prospect of Microsoft $$$$.
Links: NYTimes (requires registration); Washington Post; The Guardian; ZD.net