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  • Apr. 8, 2013, 9:44 AM
    Microsoft (MSFT) unloads its Mediaroom IPTV infrastructure platform business to Ericsson (ERIC) for an undisclosed sum; Bloomberg reported about this deal a couple weeks ago. Ericsson claims the deal will give it a 25%+ share of the IPTV/multi-screen infrastructure market, and points out the global IPTV subscriber base is expected to grow to 105M in 2015 from 76M in 2013. In a blog post, Microsoft says it will now dedicate all its TV resources to the Xbox. The remarks come as The Verge reports the next-gen Xbox will be revealed at a May 21 event.
    | Apr. 8, 2013, 9:44 AM | Comment!
  • Mar. 5, 2013, 9:33 AM
    Microsoft (MSFT) acquires MetricsHub, a developer of tools that automate cloud management with the goal of optimizing performance. Naturally, MetricsHub will be integrated with Microsoft's Azure cloud infrastructure/app development platform. News of the purchase comes shortly after Microsoft updated Azure's enterprise security/management tools - the company has long tried to differentiate Azure through its support for hybrid clouds and integration with Microsoft's enterprise software ecosystem. (Red Hat/ManageIQ) (VMware/DynamicOps)
    | Mar. 5, 2013, 9:33 AM | 1 Comment
  • Feb. 28, 2013, 4:36 PM
    Facebook (FB) finally makes its long-rumored purchase of Microsoft's (MSFT) Atlas ad-serving/tracking business official. Terms haven't been disclosed, but past reports have suggested the price is below $100M. The purchase strengthens Facebook's efforts to create a platform for serving targeted display ads that can rival Google's (GOOG) DoubleClick.
    | Feb. 28, 2013, 4:36 PM | Comment!
  • Feb. 5, 2013, 9:38 AM
    More on Dell's LBO: Microsoft (MSFT) will provide a $2B loan rather than an equity investment, as had been reported. Michael Dell will remain chairman/CEO. The deal is expected to close before the end of the July quarter. Dell will have a 45-day "go-shop" period to solicit alternate bids; a $180M termination fee applies. Look for disgruntled shareholders to challenge the deal, particularly given Michael Dell's conflict of interest. But finding a higher bid could be easier said than done. DELL halted. (PR)
    | Feb. 5, 2013, 9:38 AM | 5 Comments
  • Feb. 4, 2013, 11:49 PM
    Dell's (DELL) board reportedly scheduled a meeting for tonight to vote on a deal valued at $13.50-$13.75/share. In-line with prior reports, the contributions are said to be as follows: $1B+ in equity from Silver Lake, $2B from Microsoft (MSFT), $700M from Michael Dell's P-E firm, Dell's personal 15.6% stake (valued at $3.6B), $15B in debt, and billions in cash from the company itself. If the deal goes through, there could be blowback from Southeastern Asset Management and/or other major shareholders.
    | Feb. 4, 2013, 11:49 PM | 1 Comment
  • Feb. 4, 2013, 11:24 AM
    Dell (DELL -2.4%) is "very, very close" to striking a $13.50/share LBO deal, David Faber reports - he thinks an announcement could come tomorrow, and that Microsoft (MSFT -0.5%) will put in $2B. Dell shares have slumped to $13.30 following the WSJ's report of a $13-$14/share deal price. Update (12:34PM ET): The WSJ now reports the price is likely to be in the $13.50-$13.75/share range. Microsoft is expected to invest ~$2B, Silver Lake over $1B, and Michael Dell's P-E firm ~$700M.
    | Feb. 4, 2013, 11:24 AM | 6 Comments
  • Feb. 1, 2013, 6:00 AM
    The deal to take Dell (DELL) private could reportedly be finalized over the weekend and announced on Monday. As already speculated, Michael Dell will gain majority control, while Silver Lake and Microsoft (MSFT) will become minority shareholders, although there's no word on the final price. Barclays (BCS), Bank of America (BAC), Credit Suisse (CS) and RBC Capital (RY) will provide $15B of debt financing.
    | Feb. 1, 2013, 6:00 AM | 2 Comments
  • Jan. 30, 2013, 4:59 AM
    Michael Dell is reportedly looking to gain majority control of Dell (DELL) by adding $500M-$1B of his own money to his $3.6B, 15.7% stake in the efforts to take the company private. Such a combination would mean that Dell would contribute over half of the $8-9B equity payment in the deal, with more money coming from Silver Lake and possibly Microsoft (MSFT). DELL has so far received no other bids, while it's also considering paying a special dividend.
    | Jan. 30, 2013, 4:59 AM | 1 Comment
  • Jan. 29, 2013, 3:47 PM
    Dell (DELL +1.8%) spikes to $13.26 after the FT reports Silver Lake is willing to pay $15/share. Would that be enough to satisfy shareholders who view a $13-$14/share offer as inadequate? (more) Update: The WSJ reports Microsoft's (MSFT) role in the deal remains one of several issues that need to be worked out. However, sources insist the deal remains on track.
    | Jan. 29, 2013, 3:47 PM | 5 Comments
  • Jan. 22, 2013, 11:34 AM
    Microsoft (MSFT -0.5%) - yes, Microsoft - is in now a participant in Dell (DELL +2.7%) LBO talks, David Faber reports. Faber's sources claim Microsoft could provide $1B-$3B in mezzanine financing for its third-biggest PC OEM client to help facilitate a deal. No word on whether Microsoft is also looking to further its hardware ambitions along the way. (more on Dell)
    | Jan. 22, 2013, 11:34 AM | 10 Comments
  • Jan. 10, 2013, 1:14 PM
    Microsoft (MSFT) confirms its acquisition of home automation/media-sharing software firm R2 Studios. In tandem with the deal, Microsoft is naming R2 founder/Sling Media co-founder Blake Kirkorian a VP for its Interactive Entertainment unit, which is responsible for building out the gaming and media content ecosystem for the Xbox and other devices. The move comes as Xbox music/video consumption continues to grow, and Microsoft reportedly works on a media-centric Xbox set-top.  (previous)
    | Jan. 10, 2013, 1:14 PM | 4 Comments
  • Jan. 2, 2013, 7:01 PM
    Microsoft (MSFT) has reportedly beat out Apple and Google to acquire R2 Studios, a home automation/media-sharing startup launched by Sling Media founder Blake Kirkorian. Kirkorian's recent resignation from Amazon's board had heightened M&A speculation. R2 has released a costly Android app for managing home automation systems and has been awarded patents for controlling electronic devices, but has been quiet about its broader plans. Look for Microsoft to bundle R2's tech with the Xbox, Windows 8/RT, and Windows Phone. (previous)
    | Jan. 2, 2013, 7:01 PM | 3 Comments
  • Dec. 6, 2012, 12:36 PM
    Facebook (FB -0.9%) is in talks to acquire Microsoft's (MSFT -0.1%) Atlas ad-serving/measurement platform, sources tell Kara Swisher. Facebook reportedly thinks Atlas could help its efforts to build a display ad network rivaling Google's DoubleClick. The company has already announced a mobile ad network and has seen good early uptake for its Facebook Exchange ad re-targeting platform, as it tries to monetize its 1B+ users and mountains of data both on and off its site and apps. (previous)
    | Dec. 6, 2012, 12:36 PM | 4 Comments
  • Nov. 7, 2012, 6:42 PM
    Pres. Obama's re-election doesn't bode well for the odds of a tax holiday on overseas cash, notes Eric Savitz. That's problematic for large-cap tech names such as Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), and Cisco (CSCO), which respectively have $83B, $54B, and $42.5B stashed overseas (per their most recent financials). As Savitz observes, there's a good chance some of that cash will be used on foreign acquisitions, especially in light of recent deals such as Microsoft/Skype and Cisco/NDS.
    | Nov. 7, 2012, 6:42 PM | 31 Comments
  • Oct. 19, 2012, 11:13 AM
    Microsoft (MSFT) is in talks to sell its Atlas display ad-serving/measurement business to private AppNexus, sources tell AdAge. There have already been reports Microsoft, whose Online Services unit just reported a $364M loss for FQ1, is thinking of exiting the online ad market, as it struggles to compete with Google. Microsoft took a $6.2B write-down related to its '07 purchase of online ad agency aQuantive this year, and its ad ops have seen major executive losses. (MSFT FQ1 results: I, II)
    | Oct. 19, 2012, 11:13 AM | 2 Comments
  • Oct. 17, 2012, 1:39 PM
    Microsoft (MSFT) has acquired MarketingPilot, a developer of marketing automation software, for an undisclosed sum. Microsoft plans to integrate MarketingPilot's products, currently aimed at marketing and ad agencies, with its Dynamics CRM software line. Eloqua (ELOQ) and ExactTarget (ET) are two providers of cloud-based marketing automation software. (StorSimple acquisition)
    | Oct. 17, 2012, 1:39 PM | 1 Comment
Company Description
Microsoft Corp is engaged in designing, manufacturing, selling devices, and online advertising. Its products include operating systems for computing devices, servers, phones and other devices.
Sector: Technology
Country: United States