Microsoft is once again considering an attempt to acquire beleaguered internet giant Yahoo, more than two years after it tried unsuccessfully to buy the company for $45 billion in cash and stock.
Yahoo's market capitalisation is now worth less than half that and has only been buoyed recently by rumours of a merger with AOL or a potential acquisition by the likes of Facebook.
Nicolas Carlson of BusinessInsider (opens in new tab), reports that someone close to MSN, Microsoft's own portal, claims that people at the tech giant are definitely talking about an acquisition, saying that Yahoo, which is still the fourth biggest crowd puller on the internet, is more attractive than AOL.
He added that any acquisition was going to be made complicated because of their Asian assets, although these could be sold off as part of any deal. Yahoo has a number of international websites and a number of major agreements worldwide with the likes of Seven Network in Australia and Softbank in Japan,
BI's contact added that the portal space - which we wrote is a disappearing form - is "challenged" with Facebook taking more and more of users' online time, with the meteoric rise of mobile browsing also diminishing the importance of portals.