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Microsoft has acquired 203 organizations. Their most recent acquisition was Global Care Solutions on October 29, 2007

Microsoft is a technology company that was founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen. Its headquarters is located in Redmond, Washington. The company mainly develops licenses and supports software products, devices, and services. The segments of Microsoft include personal computing, intelligent cloud, business processes and productivity and its products include software development tools, server management tools, video games, business applications, server applications, and productivity applications. Microsoft also makes personal computers, phones, intelligent devices, gaming consoles, entertainment consoles and tablets. Currently, 124000 employees work for Microsoft and the company has an annual revenue of $94 Billion per year. The present CEO of Microsoft is Satya Nadella.

When Microsoft was founded, it specifically made BASIC interpreters for Altair 8800. In mid-80s, Microsoft took over the home computing services and launched Windows operating systems. The company also became prominent in office computing with its release of Microsoft Office. After that, it diversified into video game industry with Xbox and entered digital services market with Windows Phone OS, MSN and Zune.

Subsequently, Microsoft has acquired 207 companies so far. Other than that, it has stakes in 64 companies and divestments in 25. 107 of the Microsoft acquisitions are based in United States. The details and prices of most of the mergers have not been disclosed by the company.

Microsoft has an average of buying 6 companies since its first acquisition of Forethought in 1987. Between 2005 and 2008, Microsoft purchased an average of 10 companies each year. 18 firms were acquired by Microsoft in 2006 including Colloquis, Winternals Software, ProClarity, Massive Incorporated, Lionhead Studios and Onfolio. Nine of the Microsoft acquisitions are more than $1 billion. These include LinkedIn, Mojang, Nokia, Yammer, Visio Corporation, Navision, Fast Search & Transfer, aQuantive, and Skype. The last acquisition made by Microsoft was AOL in 2005. Others are listed below.

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jellyfish
Acquired by Microsoft

on October 3, 2007
Product Search
$50m

Parlano
Acquired by Microsoft

on August 29, 2007
Messaging
Undisclosed

AdECN
Acquired by Microsoft

on July 26, 2007
Advertising
Undisclosed

Stratature
Acquired by Microsoft

on June 7, 2007
Software
Undisclosed

Engyro
Acquired by Microsoft

on June 5, 2007
Software
Undisclosed

aQuantive
Acquired by Microsoft

on May 18, 2007
Ad Network
$6.4bn

Screen Tonic
Acquired by Microsoft

on May 3, 2007
Advertising
Undisclosed

Tellme Network
Acquired by Microsoft

on March 14, 2007
Speech Recognition
$800m

Medstory
Acquired by Microsoft

on February 26, 2007
Health Care
Undisclosed

Colloquis
Acquired by Microsoft

on October 12, 2006
Messaging
Undisclosed

DesktopStandard
Acquired by Microsoft

on October 2, 2006
Enterprise Software
Undisclosed

Gteko
Acquired by Microsoft

on September 26, 2006
Software
Undisclosed

Azyxxi
Acquired by Microsoft

on July 26, 2006
Software
Undisclosed

Winternals
Acquired by Microsoft

on July 18, 2006
Software
Undisclosed

Softricity
Acquired by Microsoft

on July 17, 2006
Virtualization
Undisclosed

Vexcel
Acquired by Microsoft

on May 4, 2006
IT
Undisclosed

DeepMetrix
Acquired by Microsoft

on May 4, 2006
R&D
Undisclosed

Massive
Acquired by Microsoft

on May 1, 2006
Gaming
$200m

ProClarity
Acquired by Microsoft

on April 3, 2006
Gaming
Undisclosed

Apptimum
Acquired by Microsoft

on March 7, 2006
Analytics
Undisclosed

Onfolio
Acquired by Microsoft

on March 7, 2006
Software
Undisclosed

Motion Bridge
Acquired by Microsoft

on February 13, 2006
Search Engine
Undisclosed

5th Finger
Acquired by Microsoft

on November 17, 2005
Retail
Undisclosed

FolderShare
Acquired by Microsoft

on November 3, 2005
File Sharing
Undisclosed

Alacris
Acquired by Microsoft

on September 19, 2005
Security
Undisclosed

Teleo
Acquired by Microsoft

on August 30, 2005
VoIP
Undisclosed

MessageCast
Acquired by Microsoft

on May 11, 2005
Messaging
Undisclosed

Groove Networks
Acquired by Microsoft

on March 10, 2005
File Sharing
Undisclosed

Sybari
Acquired by Microsoft

on February 8, 2005
Security
Undisclosed

ActiveViews
Acquired by Microsoft

on April 26, 2004
Software
Undisclosed

RAV Antivirus
Acquired by Microsoft

on June 10, 2003
Security
Undisclosed

PlaceWare
Acquired by Microsoft

on April 30, 2003
Collaboration
Undisclosed

Connectix
Acquired by Microsoft

on February 19, 2003
Hardware
Undisclosed

Rare, Inc.
Acquired by Microsoft

on September 24, 2002
Gaming
$337m

Navision
Acquired by Microsoft

on May 7, 2002
Enterprise Software
$1.4bn

XDegrees
Acquired by Microsoft

on September 13, 2001
Network Security
Undisclosed

NCompass Labs
Acquired by Microsoft

on April 30, 2001
Web App
Undisclosed

Digital Anvil
Acquired by Microsoft

on December 5, 2000
Gaming
Undisclosed

MongoMusic
Acquired by Microsoft

on September 13, 2000
Music
$65m

NetGames
Acquired by Microsoft

on July 12, 2000
Gaming
Undisclosed

Bungie
Acquired by Microsoft

on June 19, 2000
Gaming
Undisclosed

Peach Networks
Acquired by Microsoft

on February 29, 2000
Internet
Undisclosed

Entropic
Acquired by Microsoft

on October 29, 1999
Speech Recognition
Undisclosed

Softway Systems
Acquired by Microsoft

on September 17, 1999
Software
Undisclosed

Intrinsa
Acquired by Microsoft

on July 28, 1999
Software
$58.9m

STNC
Acquired by Microsoft

on July 21, 1999
Software
Undisclosed

Zoomit
Acquired by Microsoft

on July 7, 1999
Business Development
Undisclosed

Sendit
Acquired by Microsoft

on July 1, 1999
Software
Undisclosed

OmniBrowse
Acquired by Microsoft

on June 14, 1999
Internet
Undisclosed

Jump Networks
Acquired by Microsoft

on April 26, 1999
Email
Undisclosed

CompareNet
Acquired by Microsoft

on March 4, 1999
Price Comparison
Undisclosed

FASA Interactive
Acquired by Microsoft

on January 8, 1999
Software
Undisclosed

linkexchange
Acquired by Microsoft

on November 5, 1998
Advertising
Undisclosed

Valence Research
Acquired by Microsoft

on August 25, 1998
Software
Undisclosed

Merchant Planet
Acquired by Microsoft

on June 23, 1998
E-Commerce
Undisclosed

MESA Group
Acquired by Microsoft

on April 28, 1998
Software
Undisclosed

Firefly Network
Acquired by Microsoft

on April 9, 1998
Artificial Intelligence
Undisclosed

Hotmail
Acquired by Microsoft

on December 31, 1997
Email
$400m

VXtreme
Acquired by Microsoft

on August 5, 1997
Software
Undisclosed

Cooper & Peters
Acquired by Microsoft

on June 13, 1997
Web Development
Undisclosed

Dimension X
Acquired by Microsoft

on May 7, 1997
IT
Undisclosed

WebTV Networks
Acquired by Microsoft

on April 6, 1997
Wireless
Undisclosed

Interse
Acquired by Microsoft

on March 3, 1997
Software
Undisclosed

NetCarta
Acquired by Microsoft

on December 10, 1996
Identity Management
Undisclosed

eShop
Acquired by Microsoft

on June 11, 1996
Software
Undisclosed

EXOS
Acquired by Microsoft

on April 15, 1996
Gaming
Undisclosed

Colusa Software
Acquired by Microsoft

on March 12, 1996
Software
Undisclosed

Netwise
Acquired by Microsoft

on November 6, 1995
CRM
Undisclosed

Network Managers
Acquired by Microsoft

on July 10, 1995
Networking
Undisclosed

RenderMorphics
Acquired by Microsoft

on February 23, 1995
3D Tech
Undisclosed

NextBase
Acquired by Microsoft

on November 1, 1994
Software
Undisclosed

SoftImage
Acquired by Microsoft

on February 15, 1994
Software
Undisclosed

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