It's Too Late to Apologize, Microsofthttp://www.fool.com/investing/value/2008/02/19/its-too-late-to-apologize-microsoft.aspx Anders Bylund (TMF Zahrim)
February 19, 2008
"You tell me that you need me
-- "Apologize," by OneRepublic
The proposed merger between Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT ) and Yahoo! (Nasdaq: YHOO ) hasn't even happened yet, but that doesn't mean the companies haven't been affected by it yet. They have, in a surprisingly big way. And no, it's not the good kind of change.
No need to yodel anymore
Jessica Bowman, who was a search engine optimization (SEO) evangelist, was laid off, and entrepreneurial webmasters everywhere will sorely miss her. Advanced Technology chief Brad Horowitz left of his own accord, to take a job at Google (Nasdaq: GOOG ) . Those are just a few examples. The brain drain has started.
Cheerless in Seattle
Steve Berkowitz, who joined Microsoft's online division after turning around Ask.com and selling it to IAC (Nasdaq: IACI ) , left the company. His old responsibilities were complex enough that it requires three people to fill his shoes. Another former CEO, aQuantive head Brian McAndrews, is simply one in that triumvirate. Berkowitz will stay on for a few months to get his replacements up to speed.
And you don't have to be a software giant to snag some talent that was either directly pushed aside by this deal, or just disenchanted with the proceedings. Vodafone (NYSE: VOD ) is stealing Pieter Knook, who used to lead Microsoft's mobile-phone software operations.