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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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  • Jun. 25, 2012, 2:24 PM
    Microsoft (MSFT) finally makes its widely-reported $1.2B, all-cash acquisition of Yammer official. The PR notes Yammer has over 5M corporate users (ed: not all of them are paying), and claims Yammer's enterprise social networking platform will complement SharePoint, Office 365, Dynamics, and Skype. (more)
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  • Jun. 25, 2012, 11:46 AM
    Nokia (NOK -9.7%) and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU -7.5%) are off sharply, as investors fret Europe's debt crisis will prevent the cash-burning companies from raising fresh capital. Nokia is now at levels last seen in 1996, and speculation is growing newly-minted tablet seller Microsoft (MSFT) will consider buying its Windows Phone partner. Nonetheless, a Microsoft exec asserts his company has no interest in making its own phones, shooting down prior speculation.
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  • Jun. 24, 2012, 4:51 PM
    Research In Motion (RIMM) might hawk its BlackBerry business to Amazon (AMZN) or Facebook (FB); sell or open up its messaging systems to Apple (AAPL) or Google (GOOG); or keep the company whole and sell a large stake to Microsoft (MSFT), Sunday Times says ($$). For now, keep an eye on Q1 earnings this week.
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  • Jun. 15, 2012, 6:51 PM
    Microsoft's (MSFT) purchase of Yammer will give its SharePoint collaboration platform badly needed social networking features, observes ex-Microsoft employee Aaron Fulkerson, while adding the deal is a negative for Jive (JIVE). Channelnomics points out Yammer's social networking platform addresses many of the communications shortcomings of corporate e-mail. On that level, the acquisition represents a defensive move in support of Microsoft's Outlook/Exchange e-mail empire.
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  • Jun. 15, 2012, 3:05 AM
    Business-software company Yammer agreed to sell itself to Microsoft (MSFT) for $1.2B, sources say, though it's unclear when the deal will be completed and announced. Buying Yammer, often called "Facebook for the workplace," suggests Microsoft may be trying to plug some holes in its Office software. (previously)
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  • Jun. 14, 2012, 9:46 AM
    Jive Software (JIVE +9.2%) jumps following reports Microsoft (MSFT -0.7%) is in talks to buy Jive rival Yammer, potentially for $1B+. AllThingsD's Arik Hesseldahl suggests Yammer's lack of IPO preparation (unlike Jive) and challenges in getting users to pay make a Microsoft deal logical. ZDNet's Eileen Brown notes Yammer is used by 85% of the Fortune 500, and could bolster Microsoft's efforts to add cloud and social networking features to its Dynamics business apps.
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  • Jun. 14, 2012, 12:39 AM
    Microsoft (MSFT) is reportedly in talks to buy Yammer, a top provider of private enterprise social networking sites, and could end up paying over $1B. Yammer would join an extensive list of Microsoft solutions that enable business collaboration, including SharePoint, Exchange, Lync, and Skype. Jive Software (JIVE), which competes with Yammer and has already been the subject of M&A speculation, could trade higher on the report. Salesforce.com (CRM) also competes with Yammer via its Chatter product. (previous)
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  • Jun. 11, 2012, 6:47 PM
    Microsoft (MSFT -2.6%) considered making an offer for Nokia (NOK -8.3%) in late 2011 and examined the company's books, but both parties decided against a sale, reports The Register's Andrew Orlowski. He speculates Microsoft would prefer to see Nokia, which is hemorrhaging cash, become cheaper before making a bid. Nokia fell sharply today after Samsung shot down rumors of takeover interest.
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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