Steve 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)