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November 28, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Report: Microsoft group goes after 20 percent of Yahoo

A new report adds a few details to Microsoft’s purported bid for Yahoo.

DealBook, citing “people briefed on the matter,” is reporting that Microsoft is in a consortium with Silver Lake Partners that’s pursuing a minority stake in Yahoo.

The consortium and TPG Capital are bidding for up to 20 percent of Yahoo, responding to a request for bids that are due today, the report said.

Venture firm Andreessen Horowitz is also likely to be part of the Silver Lake consortium, which has pushed for Marc Andreessen to be placed on Yahoo’s board, the report said.

That’s an interesting wrinkle, given Andreesen’s history with Microsoft — he co-founded Netscape.

More recently, Andreessen was a key member of Hewlett-Packard’s board as the world’s largest PC makers made huge moves to wean itself from MIcrosoft, including an ill-fated attempt to buy and develop its own operating system.

Yahoo’s market cap today is about $19 billion. It’s still unclear how much Microsoft would end up spending on its return trip to Sunnyvale.

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