Poor Steve Ballmer. Having yanked his offer to buy Yahoo, Microsoft's CEO is left to run a US$57 billion company that is on track for its annual orgy of profits and continues to dominate several software spheres. And he still gets to decide how -- or even if -- the company should spend its $26 billion cash hoard.
Stories by Eric Lai and Linda Rosencrance
The big money interests behind the scenes of the Microsoft and Yahoo drama - or in the case of activist investor, Carl Icahn, stridently in front - are unlikely to be happy with any revived talks between the two companies short of Microsoft's making a full takeover of Yahoo, say industry and financial experts.