Google said on Monday it was concerned about the free
flow of information on the Internet if Microsoft were to
succeed in acquiring Yahoo.
Last month, Microsoft proposed buying Yahoo in a deal
originally worth $44.6 billion, but Yahoo's board has
rejected the offer, saying it was too low.
"We would be concerned by any kind of acquisition of
Yahoo by Microsoft," Chief Executive Eric Schmidt told
"We would hope that anything they did would be
consistent with the openness of the Internet, but I
doubt it would be."
Schmidt pointed to Microsoft's past history and "the
things that it has done that have been so difficult for
everyone", but he did not elaborate.
"We are concerned that there are things Microsoft could
do that would be bad for the Internet," said Schmidt.