A second time in a row Yahoo!'s internal email has become public, just a couple of days back there was another mail that made it to various blogs, and now rests in peace on Form 8-K of the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
In the mail addressed to all Yahoos, Jerry Yang seems to be making his best efforts to keep Yahoos to focus on the Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“prioritiesĂ˘â‚¬Âť and not to let their attention wander towards the recent happenings. The mail with the subject line Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“Building on our strengths yahoos,Ă˘â‚¬Âť carries the text in small alphabet throughout.
Here's the letter for you:
Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“Subject: Building on our strengths yahoos Ă˘â‚¬â€ť
first off, I want to thank you for the great job youĂ˘â‚¬â„˘re doing staying focused on executing our priorities. thereĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s obviously been a lot of talk about yahoo! in recent days and we wonĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t let it distract us from pursuing our transformation strategy.
roy and I have communicated about the thorough review process our board is going through right now. the board is focused on maximizing the value of yahoo!Ă˘â‚¬â„˘s tremendous assets for our shareholders. and it is going to take the time it needs to do it right.
as weĂ˘â‚¬â„˘ve said, no decisions have been made about microsoftĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s proposal. our board is thoughtfully evaluating a wide range of potential strategic alternatives in what is a complex and evolving landscape. and weĂ˘â‚¬â„˘ve hired top advisors to assist through the process.
whatĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s become clear in the past few days is how much people care about this company. weĂ˘â‚¬â„˘ve seen a strong show of support from our users, advertisers, and publishers, reminding us how much they love our products and services. and iĂ˘â‚¬â„˘ve heard from many of you Ă˘â‚¬â€ť and from other friends and colleagues from around silicon valley and across the globe Ă˘â‚¬â€ť that we need to do whatĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s best for yahoo! and our shareholders. i promise you that the board is going to do that.
the microsoft interest highlights the tremendous strength of the yahoo! brand and assets: our half billion users around the world, our leading products and services, our open ad network, our technology, and most of all, our amazingly talented people.
we have a lot to be excited about and thereĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s more good news to come. yesterday we announced a digital music partnership with rhapsody and our acquisition of foxytunes, maker of the popular music toolbar plugin. today we launched zimbra 5.0, a next generation e-mail and collaboration suite thatĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s a great milestone in our open platform and starting point strategies. and stay tuned for exciting announcements next week at the mobile world congress.
as we look to build on the progress weĂ˘â‚¬â„˘ve been making, i want to make sure you all realize how essential you are to yahoo!Ă˘â‚¬â„˘s success. as this process moves forward, weĂ˘â‚¬â„˘re going to keep you informed. your hard work and strong commitment are more important now than ever before. JerryĂ˘â‚¬Âť
Even Steve Ballmer's internal email had leaked earlier, when the episode of Microsoft's bid on Yahoo! just started out, see: