Some non MWC 2014 news comes between Microsoft and popular French video sharing site Dailymotion. Dailymotion was in the news earlier this year as Yahoo was reported to be interested in purchasing Dailymotion, but the deal later was rejected by the French government.
Now, fast forward a couple of months, we now have reports of Microsoft trying to do the same thing, to try and acquire Dailymotion. Dailymotion is the 2nd largest, be it quite a big gap, video sharing website behind YouTube, so it would be in as much interest to Microsoft, as it was to Yahoo! to have Dailymotion under their shelf.
However, Microsoft definitely has a much more attractive CV when it comes to purchasing companies, look at Skype to name just one, and especially when it comes to successful ones than Yahoo! so the deal with Microsoft could have much more potential and success. The Microsoft/Dailymotion deal was originally noted by Orange FR, which sounds like an odd source, but is actually Dailymotion’s largest shareholder.
If the deal was a success, Microsoft would likely not change too much on Dailymotion, apart from maybe make the service a bit more headline worthy, Microsoft will likely better integrate Dailymotion results in to Bing web search, in a similar way that Google higher prioritises YouTube video results. Luckily for Microsoft, Dailymotion aren’t as childish as Google are with YouTube, so even if the deal doesn’t go ahead, atleast Dailymotion are good at supporting Microsoft devices as it is with their Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps.