On the dole…?!

For those of you who missed the announcement yesterday (and I thought it was a pretty big announcement, but maybe that’s just because I work on the web) Yahoo! and Microsoft are planning to join forces.

I have no axe to grind with Microsoft, I use some of their software – as does most of the planet.  And obviously I have no axe to grind with Yahoo! as they’re my employer. 🙂

However, yesterday’s announcement looks like being less than wonderful news for me because the new Microsoft-Yahoo! team will not be using the Yahoo! search engine (the search engine that I work on), but will instead use Microsoft’s new Bing search engine – albeit, under the Yahoo! name.

Everything’s still very much up in the air at the moment (way way up in the air, in fact) but it has been confirmed that there will be some job losses and it seems fairly inevitable to me and my colleagues that they’ll be first and foremost in Yahoo’s search division.

This is a real shame, and doesn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense, particularly since despite all the critics and the low market share, in independent tests Yahoo’s search engine has been regularly outperforming both Google and Bing.

Sadly, nobody wants to believe this, and Google’s dominance in search seems almost unshakeable.  Microsoft meanwhile simply has shedloads of cash to throw at the problem of not-being-as-good-as-us, whether to develop a better search engine or to simply advertise it more.

So, everybody’s a bit subdued here at work today.  As I say, nobody’s sacked yet; nobody knows what the hell is going to happen next; everybody is, however, speculating at breakneck speed about the future.  We went down the pub after the announcement yesterday to do that very thing.  All we decided was that we didn’t know what the hell was going to happen next, however, and that it was jolly annoying.

And that we should probably dust off our CVs ready for action.  Just in case.

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