This one titled "Hello facilities? Steve Ballmer needs a new office chair. Yes, again" by "Good Morning, Silicon Valley", is a case in point.
These "victory lap" posts just remind me that it's never safe to count Microsoft out until they're out.
As I recounted in a post a few days ago, Microsoft does have a history of pulling victory in these kinds of deals from the seeming jaws of defeat:
"Remember when AOL cut a deal with Netscape back in March, 1996 to use it's browser technology instead of Microsoft's? This was when Netscape was the king of the browser hill. Then literally over night, AOL cut a deal with Microsoft to exclusively use Internet Explorer instead of Netscape, and essentially began what was a dramatic erosion of Netscape's browser market share vs. Microsoft over the next couple of years"
For those interested in the history, here's an excerpt from the New York Times story:
"For both software companies, a deal with America Online, which had five million subscribers at the time, could mean a big surge in browser use and market share.
Netscape seemed the natural partner for America Online, since both companies were Microsoft rivals. On March 11, America Online did announce that it would buy Netscape technology, but it was a standard licensing deal based on a payment-for-use formula. The next day, America Online announced a more significant deal with Microsoft making its browser the default technology -- the browser America Online subscribers would use unless they specifically asked for Netscape's Navigator.
To win the deal, Microsoft offered to give America Online a start-up icon on the Windows desktop -- precisely the kind of equal treatment on the main Windows screen that Case had asked the Justice Department to require of Microsoft. "After we agreed to its Internet Explorer browser, Microsoft allowed us to be bundled on the Windows desktop," Case said. "It was an example of Microsoft's pragmatic side."
The Google/Time Warner deal is not done until the Time Warner board votes on it this coming Wednesday. There's still an opportunity for a twist in this drama.