Unless there’s something here I don’t see, I don’t understand how Microsoft and Yahoo! getting together will pose a threat to Google! Putting together two also-rans (alright, maybe the number-two and three players) to take on the leader in a developing market just doesn’t seem like a good idea. It almost reminds me of the Time-Warner/AOL thing. Two losers don’t necessarily make a winner.
Also, here’s a link to podcast of a roundtable on e-discovery that I participated in at the recent AIIM Conference in Boston. It’s interesting for its diversity of opinions on the topic. Obviously, this is very much an emerging market, in which the rules and directions are still being determined. You also had a good mix of editors, lawyers, and consultants on the panel.