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In February 2008, Microsoft made a $44.6 billion unsolicited bid for Yahoo. Microsoft courted hard, but then Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang hemmed and hawed, even after Microsoft upped its bid. The software giant offered a hefty premium of $31 a share and was ready to go to $33 when in May Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer retracted the offer. Steve should send Jerry flowers and chocolates every May Day. The deal later would have proved disastrous.
The September 2008 economic collapse sucked billions of dollars of value from the tech sector, among others. Microsoft would have paid even more than Yahoo was worth, accumulated at least $10 billon in debt and struggled through a massive integration project during a major software sales slowdown. Microsoft still wants a search deal with Yahoo, but getting stood up by Jerry was a big lucky break.