The computer software industry world has been taken by storm when New York Post published an exclusive article about Microsoft proposing a takeover deal to Yahoo!.

Apparently they have held informal deal talks over the years, but Microsoft is now getting more determined.

The prospect of takeover sent Yahoo’s shares soaring closing at $30.98, up $2.80. Microsoft shares were stagnant though.

The New York Times followed and published an analysis stating that the talks had been focused in the past on a "creative partnership," not an acquisition.

"Microsoft and Yahoo have within the last 18 months considered some kind of combination, including the sale of a stake in Yahoo’s search and advertising business to Microsoft, but failed to come to terms."

Commentators picked up the news with disbelief:

Both companies called this "rumors and speculation".

Via: Microsblog