Microsoft is looking to preserve the revenue produced from its search partnership with Yahoo if the latter's sale to a third-party succeeds, the WSJ noted in Monday's report.
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has faced heavy criticism in recent months for the slow results of the search portal's restructuring program, especially from activist hedge-fund Starboard Value, which aims to overthrow Yahoo's entire board.
After calling off plans to spin off its ownership stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba late last year, Yahoo launched auction of its core business last month, for which it is seeking $10 billion, according to Re/code.
An emailed request to Yahoo outside of office hours wasn't immediately answered.
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