List of mergers and acquisitions by Microsoft

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Microsoft is an American public multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA that develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of products and services predominantly related to computing through its various product divisions. Established on April 4, 1975 to develop and sell BASIC interpreters for the Altair 8800, Microsoft rose to dominate the home computer operating system market with MS-DOS in the mid-1980s, followed by the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems. Microsoft would also come to dominate the office suite market with Microsoft Office. The company has diversified in recent years into the video game industry with the Xbox, the Xbox 360, the Xbox One, and the Xbox Series X as well as into the consumer electronics and digital services market with Zune, MSN and the Windows Phone OS.

The company's initial public offering was held on March 14, 1986. The stock, which eventually closed at US$27.75 a share, peaked at $29.25 a share shortly after the market opened for trading. After the offering, Microsoft had a market capitalization of $519.777 million.[1] Microsoft has subsequently acquired over 225 companies, purchased stakes in 64 companies, and made 25 divestments. Of the companies that Microsoft has acquired, 107 were based in the United States. Microsoft has not released financial details for most of these mergers and acquisitions.

Since Microsoft's first acquisition in 1987, it has purchased an average of six companies a year. The company purchased more than ten companies a year between 2005 and 2008, and it acquired 18 firms in 2006, the most in a single year, including Onfolio, Lionhead Studios, Massive Incorporated, ProClarity, Winternals Software, and Colloquis. Microsoft has made eleven acquisitions worth over one billion dollars: Skype (2011), aQuantive (2007), Fast Search & Transfer (2008), Navision (2002), Visio Corporation (2000), Yammer (2012), Nokia's mobile and devices division (2013), Mojang (2014), LinkedIn (2016) , GitHub (2018) and Affirmed Networks (2020)

Microsoft has also purchased several stakes valued at more than a billion dollars. It obtained an 11.5% stake in Comcast for $1 billion, a 22.98% stake in Telewest for $2.263 billion, and a 3% stake in AT&T for $5 billion. Among Microsoft's divestments, in which parts of the company are sold to another company, only Expedia Group was sold for more than a billion dollars; USA Networks purchased the company on February 5, 2002 for $1.372 billion.

Key acquisitionsEdit

Microsoft's first acquisition was Forethought on July 30, 1987. Forethought was founded in 1983 and developed a presentation program that would later be known as Microsoft PowerPoint.[2]

On December 31, 1997, Microsoft acquired Hotmail.com for $500 million, its largest acquisition at the time, and integrated Hotmail into its MSN group of services.[3] Hotmail, a free webmail service founded in 1996 by Jack Smith and Sabeer Bhatia,[4] had more than 8.5 million subscribers earlier that month.[5]

Microsoft acquired Seattle-based Visio Corporation on January 7, 2000 for $1.375 billion. Visio, a software company, was founded in 1990 as Axon Corporation, and had its initial public offering in November 1995.[6] The company developed the diagramming application software, Visio, which was integrated into Microsoft's product line as Microsoft Visio after its acquisition.

On July 12, 2002, Microsoft purchased Navision for $1.33 billion. The company, which developed the technology for the Microsoft Dynamics NAV enterprise resource planning software, was integrated into Microsoft as a new division named Microsoft Business Solutions,[7] later renamed to Microsoft Dynamics.[8]

Microsoft purchased aQuantive, an advertising company, on August 13, 2007 for $6.333 billion. Before the acquisition, aQuantive was ranked 14th in terms of revenue among advertising agencies worldwide. aQuantive had three subsidiaries at the time of the acquisition: Avenue A/Razorfish, one of the world's largest digital agencies,[9] Atlas Solutions, and DRIVE Performance Solutions.[10] Microsoft acquired the Norwegian enterprise search company Fast Search & Transfer on April 25, 2008 for $1.191 billion to boost its search technology.[11]

On May 10, 2011, Microsoft announced its acquisition of Skype Technologies, creator of the VoIP service Skype, for $8.5 billion.[12] With a value 32 times larger than Skype's operating profits, the deal was Microsoft's largest acquisition at the time.[13][14] Skype would become a division within Microsoft, with Skype's former CEO Tony Bates —then the division's first president —reporting to the CEO of Microsoft.[15]

On September 2, 2013, Microsoft announced its intent to acquire the mobile hardware division of Nokia (which had established a long-term partnership with Microsoft to produce smartphones built off its Windows Phone platform)[16] in a deal worth 3.79 billion euros, along with another 1.65 billion to license Nokia's portfolio of patents. Steve Ballmer considered the purchase to be a "bold step into the future" for both companies, primarily as a result of its recent collaborations. The acquisition, scheduled to close in early 2014 pending regulatory approval, will not include the Here mapping service or the infrastructure division Nokia Solutions and Networks, which will be retained by Nokia.[17][18]

On June 13, 2016, Microsoft announced it planned to acquire the professional networking site LinkedIn for $26.2 billion, to be completed by the end of 2016. The acquisition would keep LinkedIn as a distinct brand and retain its current CEO, Jeff Weiner, who will subsequently report to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.[19] The acquisition was completed on December 8, 2016.[20]

On June 4, 2018, Microsoft acquired the popular code repository site GitHub for $7.5 billion in Microsoft stock.[21]

AcquisitionsEdit

Date Company Business Country Value (USD) References
July 30, 1987 Forethought, Inc. Computer software   United States 14,000,000 [22]
March 31, 1991 Consumers Software Software   Canada [23]
June 29, 1992 Fox Software PC database software   United States [24]
February 28, 1994 Softimage Wholesale 3-D visualization software   Canada [25]
September 27, 1994 Altamira Software Software   United States [26]
November 1, 1994 NextBase Software   United Kingdom [27]
November 15, 1994 One Tree Software Software   United States [28]
February 23, 1995 RenderMorphics 3D graphics hardware   United States [29]
July 10, 1995 Network Managers Systems design   United Kingdom [30]
October 17, 1995 The Blue Ribbon SoundWorks Software   United States [31]
November 6, 1995 Netwise Computer software   United States [32]
December 12, 1995 Bruce Artwick Organization Programming   United States [33]
January 16, 1996 Vermeer Technologies Software   United States 133,000,000 [34]
March 6, 1996 VGA-Animation Software Div[note 1] Software   Germany [35]
March 12, 1996 Colusa Software Software   United States [36]
April 16, 1996 Exos Video game controllers   United States [37]
April 23, 1996 Aspect Software Engineering Computer software   United States 14,150,000 [38]
June 11, 1996 eShop Inc. Software   United States [39]
June 17, 1996 Electric Gravity Electronic games   United States [40]
November 1, 1996 Panorama Software Sys-On-Line[note 2] Software   Canada [41]
February 3, 1997 NetCarta Internet software   United States 20,000,000 [42]
March 3, 1997 Interse Internet software   United States [43]
April 30, 1997 WebTV Networks Internet service provider   United States 425,000,000 [44]
May 7, 1997 Dimension X Java-based platforms   United States [45]
June 13, 1997 Cooper & Peters Programming   United States [46]
June 30, 1997 LinkAge Software Internet software development   Canada [47]
August 5, 1997 VXtreme Internet video software   United States [48]
December 31, 1997 Hotmail Internet software   United States 500,000,000 [49]
February 23, 1998 Flash Communications Enterprise instant messaging software   United States [50][51]
April 15, 1998 Firefly Relationship management software   United States 40,000,000 [52]
April 28, 1998 MESA Group Data sharing software   United States [53]
August 25, 1998 Valence Research Internet software   United States [54]
November 6, 1998 LinkExchange Internet advertising network   United States 265,000,000 [55]
January 11, 1999 FASA Interactive Computer game software   United States [56]
March 4, 1999 CompareNet Shopping online   United States [57]
March 26, 1999 Numinous Technologies Software   United States [58]
April 27, 1999 Interactive Objects-Digital Web music software   United States [59]
April 30, 1999 Jump Networks Internet service provider   United States [60]
June 7, 1999 ShadowFactor Software Wholesale computer software   United States [61]
June 15, 1999 Omnibrowse Internet software   United States [62]
June 28, 1999 Intrinsa Defect detection software   United States 58,900,000 [63]
July 1, 1999 Sendit Application software   Sweden 125,420,000 [64]
July 7, 1999 Zoomit Encryption software   Canada [65]
July 21, 1999 STNC Community software   United Kingdom [66]
September 19, 1999 Softway Systems Computer programming   United States [67]
October 29, 1999 Entropic Software   United States [68]
January 7, 2000 Visio Corporation Wholesale drawing software   United States 1,375,000,000 [69]
February 29, 2000 Peach Networks Digital TV services   Israel [70]
March 17, 2000 Travelscape Internet service provider   United States 89,750,000 [71]
April 12, 2000 Titus Communications Cable television   United States 944,800,000 [72]
June 19, 2000 Bungie Video games   United States [73]
July 12, 2000 NetGames Software   United States [74]
September 13, 2000 MongoMusic Online music search engine   United States 65,000,000 [75]
September 27, 2000 Pacific Microsonics Digital audio technology   United States [76]
December 5, 2000 Digital Anvil Video games   United States [77]
March 17, 2001 Vacationspot Internet service provider   United States 70,850,000 [78]
April 5, 2001 Great Plains Software Business management software   United States 939,884,000 [79]
May 2, 2001 Intellisol International Software   Canada [80]
May 3, 2001 Ensemble Studios Video games   United States [81]
May 31, 2001 NCompass Labs Internet software   Canada 36,000,000 [82]
June 21, 2001 Maximal Innovative Intelligence Software   Israel 20,000,000 [83]
July 1, 2001 Yupi Online Spanish portal   United States [84]
March 11, 2002 Classic Custom Vacations Travel agency   United States 78,000,000 [85]
May 22, 2002 Sales Management Systems Software   United States [86]
July 12, 2002 Navision Software programming   Denmark 1.330,000,000 [87]
July 29, 2002 Mobilocity Computer consulting   United States [88]
September 10, 2002 XDegrees Security software   United States [89]
September 24, 2002 Rare Video games   United Kingdom 375,000,000 [90]
December 13, 2002 Vicinity Online enterprise location   United States 95,849,000 [91]
February 25, 2003 Connectix Software   United States [92]
March 3, 2003 DCG Internet software   Australia [93]
April 30, 2003 PlaceWare Web conferencing   United States 200,000,000 [94]
May 27, 2003 G.A. Sullivan Information technology   United States [95]
June 10, 2003 GeCAD Software Antivirus technology   Romania [96]
August 29, 2003 3DO Co-High Heat Baseball Software   United States 450,000 [97]
April 22, 2004 Encore Bus Solutions-IP Asts IP assets   United States [98]
April 26, 2004 ActiveViews Reporting systems   United States [99]
July 16, 2004 Lookout Software Personal search tool   United States [100]
December 16, 2004 GIANT Company Software Anti-spyware   United States [101]
March 2, 2005 en'tegrate Software   United States [102]
April 9, 2005 Groove Networks Community software   United States [103]
May 11, 2005 MessageCast Messaging   United States 7,000,000 [104]
May 31, 2005 Tsinghua-Shenxun-Cert Asts Certain assets   China 15,000,000 [105]
June 21, 2005 Sybari Software Software   United States [106]
August 29, 2005 Teleo VoIP   United States [107]
August 31, 2005 FrontBridge Technologies Email protection   United States [108]
September 19, 2005 Alacris Certificate management software   United States [109]
November 3, 2005 media-streams.com Software    Switzerland [110]
November 17, 2005 5th Finger Mobile   Australia 3,153,000 [111]
January 19, 2006 UMT-Software and IP Assets Software   United States [112]
February 13, 2006 MotionBridge Search   France 17,858,000 [113]
February 13, 2006 Seadragon Software Software   United States [114]
March 7, 2006 Apptimum Software   United States [115]
March 7, 2006 Onfolio Internet software   United States [116]
April 6, 2006 Lionhead Studios Video games   United Kingdom [117]
April 26, 2006 AssetMetrix Enterprise asset intelligence (SaaS)   Canada 18,000,000 [118]
May 4, 2006 Massive Incorporated Video game advertising   United States [119]
May 4, 2006 Vexcel Mapping software   United States [120]
May 15, 2006 DeepMetrix Web log analysis   United States [121]
June 6, 2006 ProClarity Analysis software   United States [122]
June 27, 2006 iView Multimedia Digital asset management   United Kingdom [123]
July 17, 2006 Softricity Application virtualization software   United States [124]
July 18, 2006 Winternals Software Software   United States [125]
July 26, 2006 Whale Communications Applications   Israel [126]
September 26, 2006 Gteko Applications   Israel [127]
October 2, 2006 DesktopStandard Applications   United States [128]
October 12, 2006 Colloquis Natural language software   United States [129]
March 9, 2007 Medstory Internet search engine   United States [130]
March 26, 2007 devBiz Business Solutions Software tools   United States [131]
May 3, 2007 ScreenTonic Advertising and marketing   France [132]
May 3, 2007 Tellme Networks Mobile phone software   United States [133]
May 9, 2007 SoftArtisans Business Intelligence software   United States [134]
June 4, 2007 Engyro Information technology   United States [135]
June 7, 2007 Stratature Master data management   United States [136]
June 29, 2007 Savvis Inc-Data Centers Networking   United States 200,000,000 [137]
August 13, 2007 AdECN Ad Exchange   United States [138]
August 13, 2007 aQuantive Digital marketing   United States 6,333,000,000 [139]
October 2, 2007 Jellyfish.com Search engine   United States [140]
October 5, 2007 Parlano Enterprise messaging software   United States [141]
October 29, 2007 Global Care Solutions-Assets Assets   Thailand [142]
November 1, 2007 HOB Business Solutions Information technology   Denmark [143]
November 15, 2007 Musiwave Mobile music entertainment   France [144]
December 12, 2007 Multimap.com Mapping   United Kingdom [145]
January 22, 2008 Calista Technologies Software   United States [146]
February 7, 2008 Caligari Corporation Software   United States [147]
February 27, 2008 YaData Software   Israel [148]
March 14, 2008 Rapt Advertising yield management software   United States [149]
March 19, 2008 Komoku Rootkit security software   United States 5,000,000 [150]
March 31, 2008 90 Degree Software Business intelligence software   Canada [151]
April 14, 2008 Farecast Online search software   United States 75,000,000 [152]
April 15, 2008 Danger Mobile Internet software   United States 500,000,000 [153]
April 25, 2008 Fast Search & Transfer Enterprise search[clarification needed]   Norway 1,191,000,000 [154]
May 26, 2008 Kidaro Software   United States [155]
June 4, 2008 Quadreon Software   Belgium [156]
June 18, 2008 Navic Networks Management software   United States [157]
June 26, 2008 Mobicomp Mobile applications   Portugal [158]
August 11, 2008 Powerset Semantic Search   United States [159]
September 16, 2008 DATAllegro Data software   United States [160]
September 28, 2008 Greenfield Online Search and e-commerce services   United States 486,000,000 [161]
March 1, 2009 3DV Systems Developer of ZCam, a time-of-flight camera   Israel 35,000,000 [162]
May 7, 2009 BigPark Interactive online gaming   Canada
June 1, 2009 Rosetta Biosoftware Bioinformatics solutions for life science research   United States [163]
September 22, 2009 Interactive Supercomputing Software   United States [164]
December 10, 2009 Opalis Software Software   Canada [165]
February 2, 2010 Sentillion, Inc. Software for the healthcare industry   United States [166]
October 6, 2010 AVIcode, Inc. .Net monitoring technology   United States [167]
October 29, 2010 Canesta, Inc. 3-D sensing technology   United States [168]
May 10, 2011 Skype Technologies Telecommunications   Luxembourg 8,500,000,000 [169]
June 7, 2011 Prodiance Software   United States [170][171]
October 12, 2011 Twisted Pixel Games Video games   United States [172]
November 22, 2011 Videosurf Video search   United States 100,000,000 [173][174]
June 25, 2012 Yammer Social networking   United States 1,200,000,000 [175]
July 9, 2012 Perceptive Pixel Multi touch hardware   United States [176]
October 4, 2012 PhoneFactor Two-factor authentication system   United States [177]
October 16, 2012 StorSimple Cloud-storage appliance vendor   United States [178]
October 17, 2012 MarketingPilot Marketing automation firm   United States [179]
January 3, 2013 id8 Group R2 Studios Home automation   United States [180]
February 2, 2013 Pando Networks Peer-to-peer (P2P) media distribution   United States [181]
March 4, 2013 MetricsHub Cloud monitoring   United States [182]
March 19, 2013 Netbreeze Social analytics    Switzerland [183]
June 3, 2013 InRelease Release management   Canada [184]
September 2, 2013 Nokia mobile phones unit Mobile phones, smartphones   Finland 7,200,000,000 [185]
October 12, 2013 HLW Software RDP applications   Austria [186]
October 25, 2013 Apiphany API management   United States [187]
January 7, 2014 Parature Customer service software   United States 100,000,000 [188]
May 1, 2014 GreenButton Cloud computing   New Zealand [189]
May 1, 2014 Capptain (Mobile) application development   France [190]
July 2, 2014 SyntaxTree Developer tools   France [191]
July 11, 2014 InMage Disaster recovery solutions   United States [192]
August 1, 2014 Inception Mobile Inc. Software   Canada [193]
November 6, 2014 Mojang Video games   Sweden 2,500,000,000 [194]
November 13, 2014 Aorato Enterprise security & machine learning   Israel [195]
December 2, 2014 Acompli Mobile email apps   United States [196]
December 11, 2014 HockeyApp Mobile beta distribution & crash analytics   Germany [197]
January 20, 2015 Equivio Text analytics service   Israel [198]
January 23, 2015 Revolution Analytics Statistical computing and predictive analytics   United States [199]
February 4, 2015 Sunrise Atelier, Inc. Sunrise Calendar applications   United States 100,000,000 [200]
February 12, 2015 N-trig Styli and pen input hardware and software   Israel 200,000,000 [201]
March 26, 2015 LiveLoop PowerPoint collaboration   United States [202]
April 14, 2015 Datazen Software, Inc. Mobile business intelligence & data visualization   Canada [203]
June 2, 2015 6 Wunderkinder GmbH Wunderlist to-do list applications   Germany [204]
June 10, 2015 BlueStripe Software Application management   United States [205]
July 16, 2015 FieldOne Systems LLC Enterprise field service   United States [206]
July 19, 2015 Adallom Cloud security   Israel 320,000,000 [207][208]
August 3, 2015 Incent Games, LLC Sales-gamification   United States [209]
September 3, 2015 VoloMetrix, Inc. Organisational analytics   United States [210]
September 11, 2015 Double Labs, Inc. Mobile lock screen software   United States [211]
September 28, 2015 Adxstudio Inc. Web portal and application lifecycle management solutions   Canada [212]
October 2, 2015 Havok Video game physics engine   Ireland [213]
November 5, 2015 Mobile Data Labs, Inc. MileIQ, a mileage tracking application   United States [214]
November 9, 2015 Secure Islands Technologies Ltd. Data protection   Israel [215]
December 18, 2015 Metanautix Big data analytics   United States [216]
December 21, 2015 Talko, Inc. Mobile communications   United States [217]
January 19, 2016 Teacher Gaming LLC Education software   Finland [218]
February 3, 2016 SwiftKey Virtual keyboard   United Kingdom 250,000,000 [219][220][221]
February 9, 2016 Groove Music discovery   Canada [222]
February 24, 2016 Xamarin Mobile application development   United States [223][224][225][226]
May 3, 2016 Solair Internet of Things platform   Italy [227]
June 16, 2016 Wand Labs Conversation as a service   United States [228]
August 8, 2016 Beam Video game streaming   United States [229][230]
August 20, 2016 Genee AI-powered scheduling assistant service   United States
December 8, 2016 LinkedIn Professional social network   United States 26,200,000,000 [231]
January 13, 2017 Maluuba Artificial intelligence   Canada [232]
January 17, 2017 Simplygon 3D graphics optimization   Sweden [233]
April 10, 2017 Deis Container management   United States [234][235]
April 18, 2017 Intentional Software Intentional programming   United States [236]
June 8, 2017 Hexadite Cybersecurity   Israel 100,000,000 [237]
June 28, 2017 Cloudyn Cloud business management   Israel 50,000,000 [238]
August 15, 2017 Cycle Computing Cloud HPC   United States [239]
October 3, 2017 AltspaceVR Virtual reality   United States [240]
November 7, 2017 SWNG Cinemagraphic photo app   United States [241][242]
January 3, 2018 Avere Systems Data management   United States [243]
January 29, 2018 Playfab Gaming backend service   United States [244][245]
May 18, 2018 Semantic Machines Conversational AI   United States 400,000,000 [246]
June 11, 2018 Ninja Theory Video games   United Kingdom [247]
June 11, 2018 Undead Labs Video games   United States [247]
June 11, 2018 Compulsion Games Video games   Canada [247]
June 11, 2018 Playground Games Video games   United Kingdom [247]
June 18, 2018 Flipgrid Education, video discussion platform   United States [248]
June 20, 2018 Bonsai Industrial AI platform   United States [249]
September 13, 2018 Lobe Artificial intelligence   United States [250]
October 9, 2018 Glint Employee engagement   United States 400,000,000 [251][252]
October 26, 2018 GitHub Software development and version control platform   United States 7,500,000,000 [253][254][255]
November 10, 2018 inXile Entertainment Video games   United States [256][257]
November 10, 2018 Obsidian Entertainment Video games   United States [256][257]
November 14, 2018 XOXCO Conversational AI   United States [258]
November 19, 2018 FSLogix Application provisioning and virtualization   United States [259]
November 30, 2018 Spectrum Social networks for design and development   United States [260]
January 24, 2019 Citus Data Database management   United States [261]
February 4, 2019 DataSense Database management   United States [262]
April 18, 2019 Express Logic Real-time operating systems   United States [263]
June 9, 2019 Double Fine Productions Electronic game development studio   United States [264]
July 29, 2019 BlueTalon Data privacy and governance service   United States [265]
August 5, 2019 PromoteIQ Retail e-commerce improvement   United States [266]
August 19, 2019 jClarity Java software optimization   United States [267][268]
September 5, 2019 Movere Cloud migration   United States [269][270]
October 21, 2019 Mover File migration   Canada [271]
March 26, 2020 Affirmed Networks 5G networking   United States 1,350,000,000 [272][273]
May 14, 2020 Metaswitch Networks 5G Networking   United Kingdom [274]
May 19, 2020 Softomotive Robotic Process Automation   United Kingdom [275]
June 18, 2020 ADRM Software data modeling startup   United States [276]
June 22, 2020 CyberX IoT/OT Security   United States 165,000,000 [277]

StakesEdit

Date Company Business Country Value (USD) References
June 15, 1989 Santa Cruz Operation[note 3] Wholesale computer software   United States [278]
March 18, 1991 Dorling Kindersley[note 4] Reference books   United Kingdom 14,340,000 [279]
June 21, 1994 Stac Electronics Data compression software   United States 39,900,000 [280]
January 19, 1995 UUNet Internet service provider   United States [281]
May 30, 1995 Wang Laboratories Software consulting   United States 90,000,000 [282]
October 12, 1995 Individual On-line information retrieval   United States [283]
April 1, 1996 Mobile Telecom Technologies[note 5] Cellular telephones   United States 25,000,000 [284]
April 22, 1996 Helicon Publishing Electronic books   United States [285]
September 9, 1996 SingleTrac Video games   United States [286]
October 1, 1996 WebTV Networks Internet service provider   United States [287]
October 28, 1996 VDOnet Internet services   United States [288]
February 3, 1997 CMGI[note 6] Direct mail   United States 20,000,000 [289]
February 18, 1997 Digital Anvil Video games   United States [290]
March 3, 1997 Interse Internet software   United States [291]
June 30, 1997 Comcast[note 7] Cable television   United States 1,000,000,000 [292]
August 6, 1997 Apple Inc.[note 8] Personal computers   United States 150,000,000 [293]
August 19, 1997 Progressive Networks[note 9] Internet software   United States 30,000,000 [294]
September 11, 1997 Lernout & Hauspie Speech[note 10] Multilingual software   Belgium 45,000,000 [295]
September 23, 1997 E-Stamp[note 11] Internet software   United States [296]
March 4, 1998 General Magic Community software   United States 6,000,000 [297]
March 6, 1998 WavePhore[note 12] Radio and television equipment   United States [298]
June 18, 1998 Pluto Technologies Network and storage   United States [299]
December 14, 1998 Qwest Communications[note 13] Telecommunications   United States 200,000,000 [300]
January 6, 1999 SkyTel Communications[note 14] Cellular telephones   United States [301]
January 31, 1999 United Pan-Europe Comm NV[note 15] Broadband communities   Netherlands 300,000,000 [302]
February 1, 1999 NTL[note 16] Communications   United Kingdom 500,000,000 [303]
February 2, 1999 Banyan[note 17] Software   United States 10,000,000 [304]
March 2, 1999 Dialogic Computer telephony   United States 24,200,000 [305]
March 8, 1999 Reciprocal Copyright protection   United States [306]
April 1, 1999 TV Cabo Portugal SA Cable television   Portugal 38,600,000 [307]
April 10, 1999 Lernout & Hauspie Speech Multilingual software   Belgium 15,000,000 [308]
June 8, 1999 Inprise Computer software   United States 125,000,000 [309]
June 8, 1999 NaviSite[note 18] Internet service provider   United States [310]
June 19, 1999 AT&T[note 19] Telecommunications   United States 5,000,000,000 [311]
June 22, 1999 Concentric Network IP-based networks   United States 50,000,000 [312]
July 5, 1999 WebMD Web-based health information   United States 250,000,000 [313]
August 20, 1999 Tuttle Decision Systems Mortgage pricing information   United States [314]
August 25, 1999 Rogers Communications Radio and television stations   Canada 405,120,000 [315]
December 3, 1999 Korea Thrunet[note 20] Internet service provider   South Korea 36,000,000 [316]
December 28, 1999 Globo Cabo[note 21] Cable television   Brazil 126,000,000 [317]
December 30, 1999 Commtouch Software[note 22] Community security software   Israel 20,000,000 [318]
December 31, 1999 Gigamedia[note 23] Internet service provider   Taiwan 31,470,000 [319]
January 24, 2000 Intertainer Interactive systems   United States 56,000,000 [320]
January 24, 2000 VerticalNet[note 24] Management solutions   United States 100,000,000 [321]
February 23, 2000 BroadBand Office Communication   United States 25,000,000 [322]
March 2, 2000 Ecoss[note 25] Computer programming   Japan 46,000 [323]
March 13, 2000 RealNames[note 26] Internet navigation   United States [324]
March 14, 2000 MEASAT Broadcast Network[note 27] Television broadcasting   Malaysia 100,000,000 [325]
April 14, 2000 Best Buy Retail stores   United States 200,000,000 [326]
July 7, 2000 Telewest Communications[note 28] Cable television   United States 2,263,000,000 [327]
July 13, 2000 Blixer Net Online telecommunications   Italy [328]
August 4, 2000 CAIS Internet Internet access   United States 40,000,000 [329]
October 2, 2000 Corel Corporation[note 29] Software   Canada 89,370,000 [330]
November 29, 2000 Chyron Corporation[note 30] Digital graphics   United States 6,000,000 [331]
February 12, 2001 Audible.com Online audio retail   United States 10,000,000 [332]
July 23, 2001 Sendo[note 31] Mobile handset   United Kingdom [333]
February 14, 2002 USA Networks[note 32] Television stations   United States [334]
July 31, 2003 Televisa Mass media   Mexico 6,350,000 [335]
November 3, 2005 ByteTaxi Software   United States [336]
October 24, 2007 Facebook[note 33] Social network   United States 240,000,000 [337]
April 8, 2008 OKWave[note 34] On-line community site   Japan 2,515,000 [338]
June 12, 2008 Zignals[note 35] Online trading   Ireland [339]
April 7, 2011 Toyota Media Service Corp[note 36] Web marketing services   Japan [340]
February 7, 2012 24/7[note 37] Outsourcing and call center services   United States [341]
April 30, 2012 Barnes & Noble[note 38] Book retailer   United States 605,000,000 [342]
October 9, 2018 Grab Ride-hailing firm   Singapore [343]
February 4, 2019 Databricks Software for processing large-scale data in public clouds   United States [344]

DivestituresEdit

Date Acquirer Target company Target business Acquirer country Value (USD) References
March 31, 1989 Steve Ballmer Microsoft[note 39] Wholesale computer software   United States 46,200,000 [345]
June 17, 1992 Microsoft Microsoft[note 40] Wholesale computer software   United States 63,750,000 [346]
July 6, 1994 Microsoft Microsoft[note 41] Wholesale computer software   United States 348,000,000 [347]
December 22, 1994 TCI Technology Ventures MSN[note 42] Internet service provider   United States 125,000,000 [348]
November 15, 1996 Microsoft MSN[note 43] Internet service provider   United States 125,000,000 [349]
December 19, 1996 Proginet TransAccess Software   United States 1,740,000 [350]
August 3, 1998 Avid Technology Softimage 3-D visualization software   Canada 284,295,000 [351]
September 21, 1999 Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch MSN Sidewalk Internet city guide   United States 340,000,000 [352]
February 24, 2000 Electronic Arts DreamWorks Interactive Video games   United States [353]
August 10, 2000 Envoy Communications Sage Information Consultants Consulting   Canada 23,730,000 [354]
September 1, 2000 Jupiter Telecommunications Titus Communications Cable television   Japan [355]
December 31, 2000 Technology Crossover Ventures Expedia, Inc.[note 44] Online travel   United States 50,000,000 [356]
June 26, 2001 CNBC MSN MoneyCentral Financial information   United States [357]
February 5, 2002 USA Networks Expedia, Inc. Online travel   United States 1,372,000,000 [358]
July 26, 2002 Liberty Media Chofu CATV Cable television   Japan 16,000,000 [359]
August 12, 2002 Agency.com KPE Inc-Certain Assets   United States [360]
February 22, 2003 The Reynolds and Reynolds Company MSN Autos-Dealerpoint Business Online auto retail   United States [361]
May 29, 2003 Telewest 22.98% IDT   United Kingdom 5,000,000 [362]
October 31, 2003 Perri Croshaw HWW Ltd-Women's Money Magazine Magazines   Australia [363]
November 4, 2003 Northgate Information Solutions PWA Group Software   United Kingdom 7,052,000 [364]
January 14, 2005 The Washington Post Company Slate Online magazine   United States [365]
February 28, 2005 Ubisoft Entertainment Microsoft Games- Sports Games Video games   United States [366]
August 17, 2006 Microsoft Microsoft[note 45] Wholesale computer software   United States 20,000,000,000 [367]
May 11, 2007 MacDonald Dettwiler Vexcel Canada Mapping software   United States [368]
September 22, 2008 Microsoft Microsoft[note 46] Wholesale computer software   United States 36,200,000,000 [369]
May 25, 2010 Phase One Expression Media Digital media asset management software   Denmark [370]
October 16, 2011 Orion Health Asia Pacific of New Zealand Microsoft-HIS Software (Hospital Information System Software) Hospital information systems   New Zealand [371]
March 19, 2012 LeGuide.com SA Ciao GmbH Provider of online shopping services   France [372]
September 5, 2013 Ericsson Microsoft Mediaroom End-to-end video platform   Sweden [373]
December 18, 2014 Line Corporation (Naver) MixRadio Online music streaming   Japan [374]
June 30, 2015 Uber Street-mapping data Online maps   United States [375]
June 30, 2015 AOL (Verizon) Display ads Online advertising   United States [376]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ VGA-Animation Software Div was acquired from VGA.
  2. ^ Panorama Software Sys-On-Line was acquired from Panorama Software.
  3. ^ Microsoft acquired an interest representing less than 20% of Santa Cruz Operation.
  4. ^ Microsoft acquired a 26% stake in Dorling Kindersley.
  5. ^ Microsoft acquired a 2.5% stake in Mobile Telecom Technologies.
  6. ^ Microsoft acquired a 4.9% stake in CMGI.
  7. ^ Microsoft acquired an 11.5% stake in Comcast.
  8. ^ Microsoft acquired a 5% stake in Apple Inc.
  9. ^ Microsoft acquired a 10% in Progressive Networks.
  10. ^ Microsoft acquired an 8% stake in Lernout & Hauspie Speech.
  11. ^ Microsoft acquired a 10% stake in E-Stamp.
  12. ^ Microsoft acquired a 2.88% stake in WavePhore.
  13. ^ Microsoft acquired a 1.32% stake in Qwest Communications.
  14. ^ Microsoft acquired a 5.7% stake in SkyTel Communications.
  15. ^ Microsoft acquired a 7.9% stake in United Pan-Europe Comm NV.
  16. ^ Microsoft acquired a 5.25% stake in NTL.
  17. ^ Microsoft acquired a 7.5% stake in Banyan.
  18. ^ Microsoft acquired a 4.4% stake in NaviSite.
  19. ^ Microsoft acquired a 3% stake in AT&T.
  20. ^ Microsoft acquired a 6% stake in Korea Thrunet.
  21. ^ Microsoft acquired an 11.5% stake in Globo Cabo.
  22. ^ Microsoft acquired a 5.6% stake in CommTouch Software.
  23. ^ Microsoft acquired a 10% stake in Gigamedia.
  24. ^ Microsoft acquired a 1.35% stake in VerticalNet.
  25. ^ Microsoft acquired a 5% stake in Ecoss.
  26. ^ Microsoft acquired a 20% stake in RealNames.
  27. ^ Microsoft acquired a 9% stake in MEASAT Broadcast Network.
  28. ^ Microsoft acquired 22.98% of Telewest Communications.
  29. ^ Microsoft acquired 24 million preferred shares of Corel Corporation.
  30. ^ Microsoft acquired an 8.73% stake in Chyron Corporation.
  31. ^ Microsoft acquired a 10% stake in Sendo.
  32. ^ Microsoft acquired a 15.4% stake in USA Networks.
  33. ^ Microsoft acquired a 1.6% stake in Facebook.
  34. ^ Microsoft acquired a 10.52% stake in OKWave.
  35. ^ Microsoft acquired a 15% stake in Zignals.
  36. ^ Microsoft acquires minority stake in Toyota Media Service Corp
  37. ^ Microsoft acquires minority stake in 24/7
  38. ^ Microsoft acquires a 17.6% stake in Newco
  39. ^ Steve Ballmer acquired 945,000 Microsoft shares.
  40. ^ Microsoft repurchased 1.9% of Microsoft shares.
  41. ^ Microsoft repurchased 3% of Microsoft's common stock.
  42. ^ TCI Technology Ventures acquired 20% of MSN.
  43. ^ Microsoft acquired the remaining 20% stake that it did not already own in MSN from Tele-Communications Inc.
  44. ^ Technology Crossover Ventures has acquired 6% of Expedia, Inc.
  45. ^ Microsoft acquired 7.92% of its own common stock outstanding.
  46. ^ Microsoft repurchased 7.92% of its common stock outstanding.

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