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Ballmer’s remorse?

April 17, 2008

ballmer.jpgSteve Ballmer may be feeling a bit of bidder’s remorse.

Speaking to a group of nearly 2,000 Microsoft enthusiasts at a technology conference in Seattle, the Microsoft CEO asked people to raise their hands to show what search engine they used. The overwhelming majority raised their hands for Google. A few arms went up for Microsoft’s Windows Live search. Yahoo, which Microsoft is trying to buy in the hopes of taking on Google in search advertising , received even fewer hands.

Ballmer was incredulous at Yahoo’s poor showing.

“Wow! We offered 31 bucks a share,” he said, prompting much laughter in the room. Yahoo and Microsoft rank No. 2 and 3 in Web search, respectively.

(Reporting by Daisuke Wakabayashi)

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