Amid all the noise about Microsoft and Yahoo!, one of the unanswered questions has to do with MS’ intent toward the recruitment business — a business that actually has some relationship with Microsoft’s core enterprise solutions (as opposed to its less established interests in social networking and arguably, search).
As Ken Doctor points out, HotJobs comes as part of the package when you buy Yahoo!. As recently as June 2007, however, Microsoft acquired a 4 percent share in rival CareerBuilder — probably to cement its technology and advertising ties with the site, and with its owners: Gannett, Tribune and McClatchy.
Is a rollup of CareerBuilder and HotJobs possible? Alternatively, would Microsoft opt out of its interest in CareerBuilder, and instead form a duo with Monster, an independent, publicly owned entity with its own newspaper ties? Indeed, just thinking of Microsoft in the recruitment space makes me wonder: Should local media concerns be owning these incredibly complex, technology-driven verticals?