- 2 May 08, 08:15 GMT
Forget counting ballot papers for the local elections. The big result everyone is waiting for concerns Microsoft and Yahoo.
And what everyone wants to know is: Will Microsoft make a decision and do something?
After setting a deadline of last weekend for Yahoo to agree to Microsoft's offer, reasonable people expected that MS would move quickly this week.
But there's been no word yet.
As my colleague Rory said on Twitter this morning: "Come on Microsoft, this is getting really tedious."
And why is everyone impatient?
It feels a little like the future of the web is on hold while MS makes up its mind what to do next.
Will our online future be decided by two companies (MS and Google) or three?
The Wall Street Journal is now predicting a hostile bid today. Steve Ballmer told staff yesterday that a decision would be "in short order".
He also said MS wouldn't pay a dime more than he thought Yahoo was worth.
Few people, if any, think MS will walk away from this. Even though Ballmer told staff on Thursday he was willing to drop the pursuit of Yahoo.
And the main reason that few commentators believe him is that this is Steve Ballmer's bid, as much as it is Microsoft's.
As Bill Gates prepares to step away from MS day to day, this is the defining action of the future Microsoft.
Like everyone else, I'm just hoping this defining action comes soon.
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