Microsoft: Plan to become Net ad leader still on track

Microsoft, during its annual meeting for advertisers this week, will seek to reassure 500 of its top ad and publishing clients that the software giant's plan to acquire Yahoo! was a means to an end in its bid to achieve online ad supremacy, but not its only route. "Yahoo! was not a strategy," said Brian McAndrews, SVP of Microsoft's Advertiser and Publisher Solutions group. "Yahoo! fit into our overall strategy of building the overall platform."

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