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Microsoft executives are in early talks with potential Yahoo investors about contributing to financing to buy the troubled internet company, if sources are to be believed.
The talks are preliminary and Microsoft is focused on preserving the relationship between the two companies. Microsoft and Yahoo have longstanding search and advertising agreements.
Microsoft, however, declined to comment.
Yahoo is auctioning its core Internet business, which includes search, mail and news sites. The faded internet pioneer has been struggling to keep up with Google and Facebook in the battle for online advertisers.
It is to be noted that Microsoft’s interest in Yahoo comes nearly a decade after another approach. In 2008, then-CEO Steve Ballmer tried unsuccessfully to buy Yahoo for about $45 billion.