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March 8, 2006 at 1:38 PM

Jerry Yang on Microsoft

Yahoo! co-founder Jerry Yang spoke today at the Thomas Weisel Partners Investment Conference. He had a few things to say about Microsoft as well, according to a transcript of the event.

On search competition in China: “Make no mistake, I think that Microsoft is investing heavily in China. And they, they are not in the market today yet, but I think they will be very soon.”

On Yahoo!’s advantages over U.S. competitors: “I think if you look at where Yahoo! has its strength is that we don’t have some of the encumbrances of the legacy of say an AOL or a Microsoft and that’s been something that we’ve been meaning and continually trying to exploit over time. And people kind of say, ‘Well, what does that mean?’ Well, I think we’ve always had this vision that Yahoo! can put the user in the middle and then develop services around them.”

On opportunities for Microsoft: “I think the companies have been pretty open about what our strategies are and I think we’ve always held the belief as far as the advertiser side goes, and advertiser does not want to see a one-player market, meaning that there is only one place to go to buy advertising from. And to most extent, most advertisers don’t even want to see two. So I think that the market will support three or however many networks out there that decide to get into this game.”

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