10 Past Microsoft Acquisitions And What They Mean Now
Several years ago, Microsoft looked at its M&A strategy and decided to step up the frequency of its transactions to help advance the organic work going on in its R&D group. This effort was driven in part by CEO Steve Ballmer and by now-departed CFO Chris Liddell.
Since 2005, Microsoft has closed over 85 acquisitions representing around $13 billion in consideration, adding some 7,500 employees to its roster, according to Joseph Whittinghill, general manager of venture integration at Microsoft. Here we present 10 major Microsoft deals dating back to 2005 along with insight into what these acquisitions mean for Microsoft today.