Since Yahoo declined Miacorsoft's offer, the news yesterday said that Microsoft will go it alone. What does that mean?
Here is a story saying: Microsoft going it alone? Not exactly with the exat words of Gates:
Question (Noriaki Tomisaka, ANB): We heard in your speech that Microsoft will go individually regarding the Yahoo!. Since this merger didn’t work out, your goal is to chase the Google by your own accord. Does that affect
your strategy from now?
Answer (Bill Gates): Well, Google in many countries has a very high share of search market. We think that there are innovations that will take place in search. We are (the) company with the commitment to breakthrough software technology that can provide some competition. We really make sure that state of the art does get advanced and advertisers have good choices in terms of what they are doing with their interactive advertising. We will have a conference coming up, I think, in next month in Seattle called the “Advance”. We will start to show you the next version of the search. Some of the things are very excited about with that. In courses, we make these advances when we invest in marketing to get word out there so that people try out our product. Fortunately, the search is very easy to type-in new your keywords and try out different product, we will give people that opportunity as we make the advances that will give people great choice there.</quote>
Gates says Microsoft will go it alone - International Herald Tribune
Gates: Microsoft not seeking new Internet partners - CNN.com