lol, I’m sure Ballmer realized it long before the bid was made. The intent wasn’t “what is Yahoo! worth” but “how much easier could it be to take down Google if we had Yahoo!?” in Microsoft’s eyes. (by the way, the words in quotes are my personal thoughts and not quotes from anyone else but me!)
Funny to ask at a Microsoft event how many use Yahoo! search though. We are usually all technical which means we put search engines through their paces. Meaning Yahoo! is not really used by the technical community. For that matter how many of you think you can get the same resultant sets of searches out of Microsoft’s Live! Search or Ask.com as you do out of Google?
See the basis of my rant today here!