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Microsoft in talks to buy stake in “DailyMotion”, claims report. We say go for it, MS!!


Seems, Microsoft has realized it ( albeit quite late), how important it is to have some compelling services like YouTube for competing and succeeding as the 3rd eco-system. So, the latest reports claim it considering to buy a stake in DailyMotion, the popular video sharing service owned by operator Orange in France.

According to The Reuters,

Le Journal du Dimanche also reported that French video-sharing website Dailymotion, owned by French telecoms operator Orange, is in talks with software maker Microsoft about a stake in its capital.

Orange Chief Executive Stephane Richard said last month that Dailymotion was close to signing a partnership in the United States and was working on another in Asia to help it to take on market leader YouTube.

Though he did not name the companies, Richard said the potential U.S. partner is “a major player” in the digital economy and described the Asian company as “a significant regional operator”.

The way Google has responded to wishes of millions of Windows Phone owners regarding YouTube, it seems a no-brainer then that Microsoft (which has invested so much in “Bing”) would like to own and grow a competitor to YouTube. DailyMotion is promising and I have used its services via “CuteTube” on my Nokia 808. It doesn’t have some constraints of Vimeo, which may make it successful in emerging markets.



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  • I am not sure from what angle is Dailymotion compelling for an avg user. Sounds like Redmond is an acquisition spree and they are not spending it wisely.

    • Kamal

      It may not look compelling if you compare it to YouTube, but YouTube didn’t gain this status overnight. Things take time and if Microsoft invests wisely in Dailymotion, it can emerge as a good alternative to YouTube. As, I am using both Dailymotion and YouTube on my 808, there are times when I get better results from Dailymotion and it is still a start-up.

      • Peter

        They’ll have to do something about that name…
        ‘Daily Motion’ sounds like something that the doctor would check on, not a cool video site…

  • JLIT99

    I actually think this is a waste of time for MS.

    If you remember, before Google bought YouTube. it had a competitor, Google Video.
    However, YouTube had a cemented cult-like status (which it still has), and Google bought YouTube, giving up on Google Video.

    MS also tried to compete with YouTube with the MSN Video site. It was shut down afterwards.

    YouTube has so many videos now, and it’s very unlikely that people will just switch to another website. Dailymotion’s video content is still only a fraction of that of YouTube at best.