Even long term Microsoft insiders are shocked. Said one, on condition of anonymity,
'Well the way I hear it, it's all just a big misunderstanding, but the big guys can't admit it. Apparently, in the middle of the Yahoo! discussions, Steve sent the legal team an email saying "Ping me, acquisition". Next thing you know, here we are ....'
When asked about the deal, Ping's CEO Andre Durand was quoted as saying
'Well it's always been part of our strategy, it just came together a little bit ahead of schedule. We made another acquisition a little while ago and it was pretty straightforward incorporating that product line, so we figured we'd be ready for this.'
When asked how long he expects the integration of the huge Microsoft into the small Ping to take, Ping's CTO Patrick Harding responded
'Oh, she'll be right. We've got some ace tech that just makes it bloody heppen. I reckon by brekkie tomorrow we'll be apples.'
As yet, we have been unable to translate Harding's answer.