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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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)
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  • 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)
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  • 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)
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  • 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)
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  • 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.
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  • 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)
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  • 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)
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  • Oct. 16, 2012, 1:03 PM
    Microsoft (MSFT) is acquiring StorSimple, a developer of storage appliances and related software sporting advanced cloud backup capabilities. Though buying an enterprise hardware firm is off the beaten path for Microsoft, the purchase ties into its efforts to pitch its Azure platform as an ideal solution for "hybrid" cloud environments that support both locally-hosted ("private") and service provider-controlled ("public") cloud infrastructures. Many top rivals, such as Amazon and Salesforce, have a much stronger public cloud tilt.
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  • Oct. 4, 2012, 1:40 PM
    Microsoft (MSFT) has acquired PhoneFactor, a provider of enterprise authentication services. Microsoft plans on integrating PhoneFactor's solutions, which act as an alternative to hardware-based security tokens, with its business apps and cloud services. Meanwhile, The Next Web reports Microsoft, currently getting ready to launch Xbox Music, is in talks to acquire online music service Rdio, which has been struggling to compete with Spotify.
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  • Aug. 20, 2012, 12:21 AM
    After laying off the majority of its staff, cloud gaming service OnLive announces it has been sold to investment firm Lauder Partners in a deal that will wipe out existing equity (and perhaps trigger lawsuits). It's a major blow for a service many saw as a threat to Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo's consoles, due to its ability to stream games to a variety of platforms. OnLive has struggled with high operating costs and competition from the Steam distribution service, which offers more titles. (Sony/Gaikai)
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  • Jul. 16, 2012, 3:29 AM
    NBC parent Comcast (CMCSA) has bought out Microsoft's (MSFT) 50% stake in MSNBC.com, and has already rebranded the site as NBCNews.com. Financial terms weren't disclosed, but sources say the stake changed hands for ~$300M. (previously)
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  • Jul. 9, 2012, 11:14 AM
    Microsoft (MSFT) is acquiring Perceptive Pixel, a developer of giant multi-touch display panels. Perceptive's tech, which can detect dozens of points of contact, will likely be used in Microsoft's PixelSense display tables, and also might have applications for Windows 8 tablets and all-in-one desktops. Separately, ZDNet reports Windows 8 will be released to OEMs by the first week of August (business users should get early access), with general availability arriving in late October.
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  • Jul. 6, 2012, 1:55 PM
    Vivendi (VIVHY.PK) has reportedly hired an i-bank to gauge the market for 61%-owned Activision (ATVI -1.5%). It's added bankers are "sounding out" tech and media companies such as Tencent, Time Warner, and Microsoft, as well as P-E firms. Vivendi's efforts to sell Activision, first reported last week, are pivotal to its restructuring plans. But a buyer for the $13.3B company could be hard to come by, and many think a spin-off of Vivendi's stake is more likely. (earlier)
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  • Jun. 26, 2012, 4:12 PM
    Glu Mobile (GLUU +5.2%) closed with a healthy gain thanks to a new round of M&A chatter. The latest rumors appear to involve Microsoft (MSFT). Zynga (ZNGA) has been named as a prospective suitor for the mobile game developer in prior speculation.
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Company Description
Microsoft Corp is engaged in designing, manufacturing, selling devices, and online advertising to a global customer audience. Its products include operating systems for computing devices, servers, phones, and other intelligent devices.
Sector: Technology
Country: United States