Yesterday, word spread that Yahoo has brokered a deal with email service Zimbra and will be purchasing it for $350 million.
WebmasterWorld members wonder if Yahoo is really pressured to buy all companies. They're wondering if Yahoo is trying to do better. My guess is that yes, they are.
Bill Slawski sings a different tune on Cre8asite Forums. He's actually liking the combination of multiple Yahoo properties.
You know, between that and yesterday's Beta launch of Yahoo Mash, I think Yahoo is moving in the right direction. Now if Mash can replace 360, and incorporate Groups into it (and maybe some of those Zimbra) features, things could get interesting.
But Joe Dolson would love Yahoo to collapse the services and mesh every acquisition into one solid product.
And of course, some people are afraid of the Zimbra acqusition because they're not interested in sharing their email addresses with other companies. Then again, everyone has a Gmail or Yahoo Mail email address nowadays, so I'm not sure that's a tremendous concern.
Overall, the acquisition seems to have mixed reactions, not so much regarding Zimbra but because they're afraid that the Yahoo ship will sink. Like Bill, I'm going to hold my chin up and hope for the best.