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Microsoft's Message to Employees

Kim Hart

In an email to employees this afternoon, Kevin Johnson, the president of Microsoft's Platforms and Services Division, appeared optimistic about eventually striking a deal with Yahoo and answered questions about the process going forward.

"While Yahoo! has issued a press release rejecting our proposal, we continue to believe we have a full and fair proposal on the table. We look forward to a constructive dialogue with Yahoo's Board, management, shareholders, and employees on the value of this combination and its strategic and financial merits," Johnson wrote in the email, adding that, "if and when" Yahoo accepts the offer, any sort of acquisition would likely close in the second half of this year.

Reiterating the value Microsoft believes would be generated by combining with Yahoo, he laid out some of the reasons for Microsoft's interest, including the need for more competition in search and online advertising. He answered a variety of common questions he's received from employees, ranging from how the two companies' cultures would be integrated to how Microsoft employees should interact with Yahoo employees.

"It's important that Microsoft employees not speculate with Yahoo employees about the proposal or about what a deal would mean for the combined company. Prior to close of the transaction, no Microsoft employee should reach out to Yahoo employees for the purpose of integration planning unless specifically instructed to do so...," he wrote.

He also said that a combined company would maintain presences in both Silicon Valley and Redmond.

His main message to employees was that business should go on as usual, while remaining positive about the companies' opportunities. Read it for yourself. What do you think?

By Kim Hart  |  February 22, 2008; 4:55 PM ET  | Category:  Kim Hart
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