Reuters is reporting that MIcrosoft is considering a bid for Yahoo, and perhaps seeking a partner in doing so.
The Reuters report, which cites a high-ranking Microsoft executive, said no decision has been made and a bid might not materialize as there are internal divisions within Microsoft over whether to pursue Yahoo.
Microsoft declined to comment on the report.
[Update 2:53 p.m.: Bloomberg is reporting pretty much the opposite of the Reuters report, saying Microsoft isn’t anywhere close to making an offer on Yahoo.
Citing two people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg also says senior executives at Microsoft aren’t involved in discussions for a Yahoo bid. What Microsoft is doing, Bloomberg says, is planning to review Yahoo’s financial information, due to be circulated as soon as this week.
And here’s AllThingsD’s Kara Swisher’s take on why no party is anywhere near bidding on Yahoo. ]
MIcrosoft had sought unsuccessfully to take over Yahoo in 2008. The two companies formed a partnership in 2009 whereby Microsoft’s Bing powers Yahoo’s searches and Yahoo sells premium ads for both.