back to article Microhoo! or YahSoft!? The! people! must! decide!

The "will they, won't they?" Microsoft-Yahoo! cliffhanger has had the IT world on tenterhooks for a couple of weeks now, and planet Earth has temporarily stopped spinning on its axis in anticipation of the outcome of the marriage proposal from Redmond to the company! which! saved! the! exclamation! mark! from! extinction! Of …


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  1. Sean
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    Sounds like an insult from a Pirate.

  2. kempsy
    Gates Halo

    Another possibility

    Considering Microsoft's liking for abbreiviations (e.g. MSN) how about MY! (Microsoft - Yahoo!)

    Saint Bill for "saving" Yahoo!

  3. Gary Littlemore

    You've forgot about...

    Rupert Murdoch, What about 'Murdhoo'?

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Black Helicopters

    Actually ....

    ... following past trends it's going to be like this:

    On acquisition:

    "We'll maintain the strong brand that Yahoo! has to offer"

    3 months later, some Y! specific features start popping up on MSLive

    6 months later:

    "The Yahoo! brand doesn't really fit the strategy Microsoft Live is pursuing"

    More Y! features get bastardized into Live

    9 months to 1 year later:

    "We've decided to discontinue the Yahoo! brand because it offers no significantly increased value over our Live! brand"

    Final features get hacked into Live, the Y! domain gets redirected - extend, embrace, exterminate ....

    I can see dark-colored helicopters approac...

  5. Mark Rendle



    Because the bang is the best thing about Yahoo!.


  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Aw... they have fixed the multiple voting in polls bug... Can't cheat anymore...

  7. Anonymous Coward


    Those options sound like names of creatures from Lovecraft's works.

    Very appropriate, if you ask me...

    Anon, because i want to rest in peace, if there be any rest in the universe...

  8. Sam


    How about "Lhoosers!!!!" ?

  9. Steven Foster


    Because it sounds right - Like someone's crying - which they probably are.

  10. William Towle
    Gates Horns

    Tell Me When...?

    When do we find out? Can we keep an eye on the results in the meantime? (It's a slow day at work, can you tell?).

    Somebody on the train the other day was talking loudly about this, only their information was way out of date [from Metro, probably] ... and I thought "G*d! Just Drop! The! Mahoo!" (then wallowed privately in my sudden sense of feeling old).

    Nice to see it as an option :)

  11. Anonymous Coward


    "Microsoft - the massive company run by a bunch of Yahoos"

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    I prefer the tried 'n' tested strategy boutique anagram naming approach, which gives us...

    ...Osmotic Hoof Ray!

  13. IanKRolfe
    Gates Halo


    I'm! Hoping! That! The! Merger! Goes! Ahead! Because! I'm! Looking! Forward! To! Reg! Staff! Having! To! Put! Exclamation! Marks! On! Every! Microsoft! Story! !!

  14. Brian Miller


    I was hoping for that choice, because it sounds more like an insult.

  15. Ben Lancaster
    Thumb Up

    What about

    Microsoft Web Site Portal and Search - Premium Home Edition

  16. Ben Lewis
    Gates Horns

    Going Global?

    If it's anything like the Alcatel Lucent take over it will be :-


  17. Anonymous Coward
    Gates Halo


    ...would get my vote.

  18. Anonymous Coward

    To misquote an old joke,...

    ... Knock, knock!

    Who's there?


    <shrugs> That's show business! <slams door in their faces>

  19. Rusty Warrior




    Methinks there is another another dodgy you tube esque video coming

  20. Marvin the Martian

    I want to vote <Wibble!>

    Mostly I just like to say <wibble!>, but then I'm like that.

  21. Chris Bradshaw


    I personally think Microshaft is the best option...

  22. sue

    Maybe they should really mix it up......

    How about:

    'Micro Oaf Shy Too' or 'Shot Cia From Yoo' or my fave, 'Farty Coo Ish Moo'

  23. Waggers


    This isn't a merger, it's a takeover. The resulting company would be called "Microsoft". But if that's the case I think we should pay homage to Yahoo! by forever referring to the new outfit as "Microsoft!"

    Long live exclamation marks!

  24. Paul

    How about

    More Bollocks from Microsoft? MBM?

    May not be catchy... Just honest!

    I'll get me coat. P.

  25. cor

    How about Ubunthoo!

    Mark Shuttleworth must have some spare cash lying around..?

  26. Natalie Gritpants

    How about this


  27. Peter Foster

    M$ + Yahoo!

    How about just


  28. Juliette Martens
    Gates Halo

    Pastafarians unite

    Mihoo! sounds like a type of noodle...hmmm is this a match endorsed by His Noodly Appendages?

  29. John

    don't forget Live

    Microsoft Yahoo Live! services for the Web Online Edition 2009 Premium

  30. Frank Bough


    ...simple as that, the Why?crosoft! is also appealing.

  31. JP
    Gates Horns


    'Cause it sounds like you're yakking up every time you say it...

  32. M

    Hmm I just think they will only add one thing....


    Oh the WOW! Start! Here! Yippee!

    Oh! That! Sure! Will! Start! The! Chair! Throwing! Game!

  33. Thorsten


    ... as Burma Jones would have said.

  34. Anonymous Coward

    How about

    "oh shit we are all doomed"

  35. Anonymous Coward

    Microhooooooo$oft! Live.NET 2008 SP5

    I've taken it too far haven't I?

    Coat, please!

  36. Waggers


    Looks like this one is winning so far. A squllion quid and/or a big legal battle to whoever snaps up first, then

  37. vincent himpe

    Mihoo !!

    that is the tibetean name for what westerners call the 'terrible snowman !'

  38. Ron Loftin
    IT Angle

    Glad my choice is winning

    I like the "MicroHoo!" option because it helps us move towards the day when we can say "Micro Who?" out loud.

  39. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    The reader should decide if this is a reference to cowed customers / analysts, bovine waste product or even setting up Gateway as a future takeover target


  40. prathlev


    Seems somebody went there already. And they seem to be ready for the legal implications, with the logo and stuff. If they're US based they could probably call it parody, but UK has different rules, right? :-)



  41. Martin Huizing
    Paris Hilton

    Let me see...

    yoohoogoogle! (Are you there?)

    MSY (Why? 'cause I gotta!)

    Yahoo! (when MS realizes that fish bite back)

    Mahoo! (We all owe it to mum)

    MSX! (Anyone remember this?)

    Miycarhoosooft! (just an idea)

    Yamaicansoft (peace)

    Nevergonnahappen! (Yahoo!'s answer)

    Linux! (Shit happens, Microsoft)

    Fubar! (one month after takeover)

    Layoff! (two months after takeover)

    Leftover! (three months after takeover)

    Scraps! (any bid!)

    PH! (Any excuse!)

  42. Scott

    None of the above

    The moneypit, formerly known as Yahoo!

    MSN 2.0

    My Internet

    Portal de Vista

    Microsoft South (Microsoft North being Redmond)

  43. Pyros
    Gates Horns


    I'm more fond of MiiHoo!

    It reminds me of a certain game console that *might* somehow runs Yahoo!...

  44. Morely Dotes

    How about:


    Which really isn't a change, is it?

  45. Anonymous Coward


    "I comfort yahoos"

    "Rot – ooh, my fiasco!"

  46. Lars Silver badge

    Off topic, as always

    In order to understand this Microsoft/Yahoo thing I think one schould look at the state "off balls" within Microsoft.

    Bill is gone, he newer become the "great innovator" in IT. Well there was this "Newton" or something. Something about inventing the computer or something like that.

    Bill has a bright future of becoming the number god sellsman for Windows bundling Windows with his fundation for bundling Windows with that fundation.

    A sort of swapp this for that and lets all be merry.

    Ballmer. however, has a problem, the balls are there, king size, I bet, perhaps.

    But then there is that problem with all those billions of dollars under the madrass attracting the attention of shareholders who have been looking at the "figures" and rightly, demand some of that as a compensation for the hardship of beeing a Microsoft shareholder.

    So, dear Ballmer, has to do something. I am sure he has not got the faintest idea about what to do with Yahoo. But then, what are the alternatives, really.

    And having signed the biggest IT deal in the history of IT is really something for the Ballmers.

    Microsoft / Yachoo, best version so far is Yahvool.

    (or something close, check

  47. Morten Ranulf Clausen


    One can only hope for "Microsoft!". I'd always wanted to see that company end with a bang...

    Yes indeed sir, that looks exactly like my coat, thank y<thud>

  48. Anonymous Coward

    For perfect slogans...

    Offered with all sincerity by spokesperson: "MicroHoo cares!"

    More helpful during 'downtimes': "YahSoft? Get BluePill 2.0!"

  49. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton


    Paris, because that's all she's interested in.

  50. Anonymous Coward


    Why not "MicroHoo?" because nobody has a decent name for the godawful unpronounceable thing.

    The diving suit please, it's getting pretty deep around here.

    Late Night Larry

  51. Ray Raddatz


    I had a friend that worked at Daimler-Chrysler when they were a combined company and she said the running joke was to ask one of the Germans how to pronounce the company's new name.

    To which, they would answer "Daimler, the Chrysler is silent."

  52. Azrafael

    you know it's live, when it's...

    Yahoo Lives! (insert MSN proprietary text)

  53. Mark SPLINTER


    i think it's kinda catchy, but it might be a bit too descriptive, the trademarks registry won't allow it.

  54. John F. Jackson

    How about ... MOO!

    Points For

    1. It constitutes a valid condensate of the parent companies names.

    2. Brevity.

    3. Easy to pronounce in any language. Universally recognisable.

    4. Humourous. Saying "I'm from MOO!" wearing a suit and tie would banish all thoughts of evil money grabbing corporations from the prospective's mind.

    5. Fits recommendations from "The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding," by Al Ries and Laura Ries, which states that "A branding program should be designed to differentiate your cow from all of the other cattle on the range."

    That exclamation mark is a killer application.


    1. Business types like something enigmatic, long, difficult to translate, arid and pretentious.

    You can close the gates on the voting ... I believe MOO! fits the bill nicely.

  55. Harley Guy
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    Another possibility

    What happened to the Yahoo-AOL possibility, as in


  56. Edward Lilley

    Unforeseen connection...

    MicroWho: Doctor Who's miniature companion.

    Mine's the pale blue police box-shaped one.

  57. Jack Coupal, Ph.D.


    If Microsoft takes over Yahoo!, what's Linux going to do?

  58. Anonymous Coward

    Yahoo by Microsoft. YahMic!

    There's only one name for Yahoo by Microsoft. It is YahMic!

  59. Michael Habel

    To paraphrase the work of Ayn Rand...

    ...Microsoft is the kind of Corporation that puts it's Name on EVERYTHING it owns.

    From this you can assume what kind of Corporation Microsoft is...

    So MSNLive! it is then...

  60. Gianni Rossi
    Jobs Horns

    I'm! going! to! f**king! bury! that! guy!

    Yeah, Microhoo! certainly needed those extra exclamation marks. It all make sense now.

  61. Anonymous Coward

    There are no Microyooohaas in my Apple !!

    I have dumped everything Microsoft, so, if Yahoo join with Microsoft they will never again see me. I now enjoy everything Apple and my life with computers has never been more pleasant. The operating system works properly, there isn't any bloatware, software installs so simply that I almost can't believe it, I can all but forget about viruses, worms, trojans, etc. and get on with enjoying the use of properly designed and reliable systems and equipment.

    They should be paying me for this !! ... hahahaha

  62. Anonymous Coward
    Gates Halo


    Surely Live will be in the name, being the current trendy word at Redmond?

    It's like the days when everything had to be ActiveX or have Active in there somewhere.

    Re: Apple -

    The OS works because the hardware is fixed, the software is Linux based, and you pay a huge premium for its development through the hardware. When you consider just what MS have to support, it's a miracle anything works at all (and I know Linux supports a lot of hardware, but just try running Linux on any modern PC laptop and get all the components to work without resorting to recompiling the kernel or contacting a spotty Russian teenager for a fix to his driver!).

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