Ballmer says approval is needed first

Microsoft’s Yahoo partnership to go global

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has said that the company’s search engine partnership with Yahoo will be introduced around the world once it has been approved by regulators.

The software firm signed a contract with Yahoo in July this year in a challenge to Google’s monopoly over the search engine market. US and European antitrust regulators are currently examining the deal.

"It’s possible that we will extend that partnership outside the US," Ballmer reportedly told a news conference. "We will have to wait and see if we can get approval and consummate that partnership inside the US first."

A Microsoft spokesman told Reuters that the agreement will extend worldwide once it is passed by regulators. The deal is expected to close in early 2010.

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