I just saw some article entitled Ten Worst Internet Acquisitions Ever which contains the following excerpt

10. Hotmail - acquired by Microsoft (MSFT) in 1998 for about $400 million. Hotmail was a second-tier free email service when Microsoft bought it and the acquisition did little to improve Microsoft's internet portal ambitions.

This looks like another example of journalists bloggers fail to do even a modicum of research. Since I'm being lazy, I'll just use the Alexa traffic details for MSN to debunk this silliness.  According to Alexa, MSN is the #2 site on the internet with over 84% of the traffic being to hotmail.msn.com.

It seems to me that Hotmail has contributed a lot in furthering Microsoft's internet portal ambitions. Then again, don't let the facts get in your way of thowing snarky comments at Microsoft. ;)


Wednesday, November 22, 2006 9:43:18 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Maybe the point was that in 1998, MSN was a money-losing, distant also-ran and 8 years later, despite $B's spent collectively on hotmail and others items, it's still a money-losing also-ran? Just a thought...
Thursday, November 23, 2006 6:21:20 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Patrick Logan's latest post is a stellar example of being childish to the point of being irritating:
Friday, November 24, 2006 9:53:36 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Eerst Europa Doelstellingen: De Ci2i Verzekering (Ci2i) zal het nummer een gebrandmerkte pan Europese commoditized online verzekeringsmakelaar door 2010 zijn.
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