Is Microsoft Considering Buying AOL?

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dhosborne

Wanna buy this boat anchor too?

 

 

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Trooper_One

No one uses that service anymore... why is MS sinking into a losing venture?!?  This is not a way to beat Mac and its iStuffs

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Nickompoop

 This is just a waste of money.

What spam filter?

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Slugbait

Not many people go to AOL's site to search, so purchasing them just to convert it from Google to Bing isn't that attractive. They wouldn't do it for IM user base, since world-wide, WLM crushes AIM. MSN Explorer was a colossal failure, and MSN is well aware of how much churn AOL has suffered. Finally, Mr. Ballmer dodged a 50mm bullet when his offer to buy Yahoo with an insane amount of money fell through.

I don't see the rational in MS buying AOL

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digitalreflex

I just went to AOL for the first time in ages. It looks to be just a portal site now, similar to MSN, so maybe they are just looking to increase their userbase for portals and also from the AOL email addresses still in use (my father uses DSL now, but still uses his old AOL address).

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tkid124

AOL has a large user base and, and as a portal to Bing search along with whoever is left on AOL chat they could make up some of the asking price in a hurry. It is also possible that AOL is in foreign markets quite strongly. Possible, not overly likely.

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tkid124

AOL has a large user base and, and as a portal to Bing search along with whoever is left on AOL chat they could make up some of the asking price in a hurry. It is also possible that AOL is in foreign markets quite strongly. Possible, not overly likely.

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BigC

Out of true geekiness I dont care.

But also from my stand point, what is aol?

The last time I heard of it, it was a piece of crap.

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Talcum X

 They proably just want to disolve it so they can have a larger IM user base...  It's a dumb move if they do.  If they want to throw money away, throw it my way.

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