Kip over at LiveSide takes a fascinating look at the relative strengths of various Microsoft and Yahoo online services:

With all the talk about Microsoft's attempted acquisition of Yahoo!, and with a little help from Nielsen Online, we thought we'd make a quick comparison of some of the main features of both services.  I asked Nielsen if they could supply audience numbers to a sampling of sites from both, and then played a bit with Excel to produce this quick look.

Accurate audience measurement numbers are hard to come by, and we've noted some differences in the market rating services before (and more on that coming up), but at least this gives an apples to apples comparison of audience numbers (and note that this isn't market share, but unique audience).

The purpose of this little exercise was not to show trends, or make comparisons to other sites/properties, but just to get a bit of a handle on where the two companies sit in relation to each other, and what a potential joining of forces might mean.

Check out the original article for a great chart and the raw Nielsen numbers. Interesting stuff.