Steve Ballmer und Bill Gates auf der D6 Conference:
Ballmer: To accelerate scale it made sense for us to consider a Yahoo acquisition. The truth of the matter is, if nobody else gets scale except the current leader, what happens? … Some day all the ads for The Wall Street Journal Online might be sold by one guy and he’ll tell you exactly how much your editorial is worth.
Kara: Yeah, like a monopoly. Interesting.
Walt: That’s a great point. That’s exactly the sort of argument that was made against Microsoft.
Ballmer: Am I saying there’s something wrong? I’m just saying we are guys who will compete.