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The Microsoft-Nuance Deal: 5 Big Things To Know

Mark Haranas

From product integration plans to the history between the two software companies, here are five big things to know about Microsoft’s $19.7 billion acquisition of Nuance.

Microsoft’s Second Largest Acquisition In History

It is key to note just how big of a bet Microsoft is playing with its purchase of Nuance.

Microsoft plans to acquire Nuance in a transaction valued at $19.7 billion, inclusive of Nuance’s net debt. The $19.7 billion price tag Microsoft is willing to pay is the second largest in the Redmond, Wash.-based company’s long history.

Microsoft’s biggest acquisition ever was its $26.2 billion purchase of LinkedIn five years ago. After LinkedIn and Nuance, Microsoft’s third largest acquisition ever was for Skype for $8.5 billion a decade ago in 2011.

The massive amount of money Microsoft is spending on Nuance cannot be overlooked and poses some questions around just how much technology integration is ahead.

 
Mark Haranas

Mark Haranas is an assistant news editor and longtime journalist now covering cloud, multicloud, software, SaaS and channel partners at CRN. He speaks with world-renown CEOs and IT experts as well as covering breaking news and live events while also managing several CRN reporters. He can be reached at mharanas@thechannelcompany.com.

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