So, when exactly are Microsoft going to buy Automattic?

So, when exactly are Microsoft going to buy Automattic?

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out it’s going to happen – here’s the case for it:

  1. Back in November 2009 Matt Mullenweg is the star guest for the Windows Azure presentation
  2. Then earlier this very month we have the transfer of the WordPress trademark away from Automattic as ‘Automattic might not always be under my [Matt’s] influence’
  3. And now we have the small matter of 30 million Windows Live users going to wordpress.com

It’s all a bit too snug wouldn’t you say!

Not that there’s anything wrong with being purchased by MS, although I’m sure there are plenty in the community that would say otherwise (I wouldn’t be one though).

If I had to make a guess, I’d say that the original plan was to sell to Yahoo, prior to Yahoo’s general collapse, and that now the eyelids are fluttering at MS… and I’m just going to speculate wildly here, but maybe for a $500m+ deal.

So whaddya reckon – am I right or am I right?