Microsoft's proposed acquisition of Yahoo's search business may be back on the cards, according to fresh reports.
Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said in an interview with The Financial Times that now is a good time for the software company to buy, while both firms are in the midst of management transitions.
But if Ballmer is expressing renewed interest in buying Yahoo's search business, it represents a distinct change of heart from last year when he reportedly told attendees at the Committee for Economic Development that he was no longer interested in buying Yahoo or any part of it.
"We made an offer, we made another offer, it was clear Yahoo did not want to sell the business to us, and we moved on," he said at the time.
"We are not interested in going back and [reconsidering] the acquisition. They turned us down at $33 [£21] a share; move on."
Microsoft could not immediately provide comment on the reports.
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