1987

Microsoft bought Forethought, Inc (software developers – PowerPoint) https://mergr.com/forethought-acquired-by-microsoft

1989

Microsoft bought 20% shares Santa Cruz Operation (Unix variants for Intel x86 processors: Xenix, SCO UNIX & UnixWare) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Cruz_Operation

1991

Microsoft bought 26% shares Dorling Kindersley (text book publisher) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DK_(publisher) Microsoft bought Consumers Software (spreadsheet utilities & Network Courier, an email product) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consumers_Software Microsoft bought Fox Software (database software used to store & retrieve information) https://mergr.com/fox-software-acquired-by-microsoft

1994

Microsoft bought Softimage (3D software) https://apnews.com/412bdf5a3402b3d42d52734571f22141 Microsoft bought Altamira in (pioneered object-based drawing & image editing software) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altamira_Software Microsoft bought NextBase (mapping software, became Microsoft Streets & Trips/Microsoft AutoRoute) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Streets_%26_Trips Microsoft bought One Tree Software (source control software) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Visual_SourceSafe

1995

Microsoft bought 15% shares UUNet (large ISP & early Tier 1 network) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UUNET Microsoft bought RenderMorphics, Ltd. (3D computer graphics API) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reality_Lab Microsoft bought SNMP Technology (network managing & monitoring protocals) https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/324263/how-to-configure-the-simple-network-management-protocol-snmp-service-i Microsoft bought Dare to Dream Entertainment https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Investor/acquisition-history.aspx Microsoft bought The Blue Ribbon SoundWorks (digital audio products, music composition tool, interface & synthesizer) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Blue_Ribbon_SoundWorks Microsoft bought Netwise Inc (middleware for integrating mainframe & client-server environments) https://www.cbronline.com/news/microsoft_has_bought_netwise_to_enhance_windows_nt Microsoft bought Bruce Artwick Organization (flight simulators) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Artwick

1996

Microsoft bought 20% stake Helicon Publishing (ebook Stores For Digital Publishing. Connection to reading apps) https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/helicon-shares-soar-in-early-trading-1251271.html Microsoft bought Vermeer Technologies (FrontPage) https://news.microsoft.com/1996/01/16/microsoft-acquires-vermeer-technologies-inc/ Microsoft bought Colusa Software (OmniWare, for building memory-protected internet products) https://news.microsoft.com/1996/03/12/microsoft-broadens-active-internet-vision/ Microsoft bought Aspect Software Engineering https://news.microsoft.com/1996/03/12/microsoft-broadens-active-internet-vision/ Microsoft bought Aha! Software (handwriting software for hand-held computers) https://news.microsoft.com/1996/04/08/microsoft-to-acquire-aha-software/ https://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Microsoft-Will-Acquire-Aha-Software-2986910.php Microsoft bought EXOS Inc (force feedback technology for game control devices) https://news.microsoft.com/1996/04/15/microsoft-acquires-exos-inc/ Microsoft bought eShop Inc (Internet commerce software technology) https://news.microsoft.com/1996/06/11/microsoft-acquires-eshop-inc/ Microsoft bought Electric Gravity Inc (designed Internet Gaming Zone) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MSN_Games Microsoft bought OLAP (online analytical processing) technology from Panorama Software (Israeli company) https://news.microsoft.com/1996/10/29/microsoft-announces-acquisition-of-panorama-online-analytical-processing-olap-technology/ Microsoft bought ResNova Software (became MSN) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MSN Microsoft & NBC joint venture MSNBC set up https://www.wired.com/1998/08/nbc-buys-stake-in-intertainer/ Microsoft bought 10% stake VDOnet (video broadcasting & video telephone) https://news.microsoft.com/1996/10/28/microsoft-invests-in-video-leader-vdonet-strategic-relationship-a-milestone-for-internet-communication/ Microsoft bought NetCarta (client/server Web management & navigation solutions, WebMapper) https://news.microsoft.com/1996/12/10/microsoft-agrees-to-acquire-netcarta/

1997

Microsoft bought minority stake CMGI (supply chain management services for software companies) https://www.computerworld.com/article/2590037/cmgi-accelerates-new-funding-for-navisite-subsidiary.html Microsoft bought Intersé (website & data mining software) in 1997 https://news.microsoft.com/1997/03/03/microsoft-acquires-interse/ Microsoft bought 11.5% stake Comcast https://www.computerworld.com/article/2586424/microsoft-to-use-at-t-comcast-stake-to-push-advanced-services.html Microsoft bought 5% stake in Apple https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/29/steve-jobs-and-bill-gates-what-happened-when-microsoft-saved-apple.html Microsoft bought 10% stake in Progressive Networks (audio & video technical standards for the Internet) https://www.nytimes.com/1997/07/22/business/microsoft-takes-a-stake-in-progressive-networks.html Microsoft bought WebTV Networks (online streaming on television) https://news.microsoft.com/1997/04/06/microsoft-to-acquire-webtv-networks/ Microsoft bought Dimension X (first Java-based multimedia authoring tool – Liquid Motion, & first Java-based VRML browser/runtime technology – Liquid Reality) https://news.microsoft.com/1997/05/07/microsoft-to-acquire-dimension-x/ Microsoft bought Cooper & Peters (object-oriented user-interface framework technologies for Java) https://news.microsoft.com/1997/06/13/microsoft-acquires-cooper-leading-component-developers-to-join-microsoft-afc-effort/ Microsoft bought LinkAge Software (e-mail connectivity & directory synchronization software – Microsoft Exchange Server) https://news.microsoft.com/1997/06/30/microsoft-acquires-linkage-software/ Microsoft bought VXtreme (streaming video solutions) https://news.microsoft.com/1997/08/05/microsoft-announces-acquisition-of-vxtreme-rolls-out-streaming-multimedia-strategy-with-release-of-netshow-2-0/ Microsoft bought 8% stake Lernout & Hauspie Speech (speech recognition technology) https://news.microsoft.com/1997/09/11/microsoft-and-lernout-hauspie-announce-strategic-alliance-in-support-of-voice-enabled-computing/ Microsoft bought 10% stake E-Stamp in (stamp printer hardware device – at the time under review by the USPS) https://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-at-t-invest-in-e-stamp/ Microsoft bought 2.88% stake WavePhore (radio & tv equipment) https://www.cnet.com/news/wavephore-blames-tv-show-for-stock-drop/ Microsoft bought Hotmail (web-based email service) https://news.microsoft.com/1997/12/31/microsoft-acquires-hotmail/ Microsoft bought 8% stake Lernout & Hauspie Speech (speech recognition technology) https://news.microsoft.com/1997/09/11/microsoft-and-lernout-hauspie-announce-strategic-alliance-in-support-of-voice-enabled-computing/

1998

Microsoft bought stake (licensing & IP) General Magic (software developers, tablet operating systems) https://news.microsoft.com/1998/03/04/microsoft-invests-in-general-magic/ Microsoft bought 2.88% stake WavePhore (radio & tv equipment – changed to NewsPak) https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB889224774291828000 Microsoft bought Flash Communications (messenger service, buddy lists – MSN/Windows Live Messanger) https://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-merger-gets-message/ Microsoft bought Firefly Network (privacy technology) https://news.microsoft.com/1998/04/09/microsoft-signs-definitive-agreement-to-acquire-privacy-technology-leader-firefly-network/ Microsoft bought The MESA Group (project management to SharePoint integration and ASP.Net development) https://news.microsoft.com/1998/04/28/microsoft-acquires-the-mesa-group/ Microsoft bought Valence Research (TCP/IP load-balancing and fault tolerance software) https://news.microsoft.com/1998/08/24/microsoft-corp-acquires-valence-research-inc/ Microsoft bought LinkExchange (Banner Network marketing network) https://news.microsoft.com/1998/11/05/microsoft-acquires-linkexchange-to-greatly-expand-small-business-services-from-msn/ Microsoft bought stake Pluto Technologies (post-production & networking technologies for digital television) https://www.wired.com/1998/06/microsoft-invests-in-pluto/ Microsoft bought 1.32% stake Qwest Communications https://www.cbsnews.com/news/microsoft-takes-stake-in-qwest/

1999

Microsoft bought FASA Interactive (game developer – MechCommander, MechWarrior 4: Vengeance, MechWarrior 4: Black Knight, MechCommander 2, MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries, Mechassault, Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge, Mechassault 2: Lone Wolf & Shadowrun https://news.microsoft.com/1999/01/07/microsoft-acquires-fasa-interactive/ Microsoft bought 5.7% stake SkyTel Communications (pagers/mobile phones) https://money.cnn.com/1999/01/06/technology/skytel/ Microsoft bought 7.9% stake United Pan-Europe Comm NV (European cable provider) https://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-investments-2013-2 Microsoft bought 3% stake AT&T (communications) https://www.wired.com/1999/05/microsoft-buys-stake-in-att/ Microsoft bought stake Concentric Network/XO Communications (telecommunicaitons) https://news.microsoft.com/1999/06/22/concentric-network-and-microsoft-expand-relationship-to-include-development-of-co-branded-msn-portal-and-application-hosting-services/ Microsoft bought 16.8% stake WebMD (health) https://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/stories/2002/02/11/daily42.html Microsoft bought minority stake Tuttle Decision Systems (price distribution & loan technology products for mortgage industry) https://news.microsoft.com/1999/08/20/microsoft-extends-relationship-with-tuttle-decision-systems/ Microsoft bought Rogers Communications (Canadian communications & media) https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB931780382851057383 Microsoft bought 10.5% stake Korea Thrunet/SK Group https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB943475516327691918 Microsoft bought 5.25% stake NTL in (communications) https://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-investments-2013-2 Microsoft bought 7.5% stake Banyan (internet directory) https://www.nytimes.com/1999/01/12/business/banyan-says-microsoft-is-buying-stake.html Microsoft bought 5% stake Dialogic (telecommunications) https://www.nytimes.com/1999/03/03/business/company-news-microsoft-buys-5-stake-in-dialogic-and-expands-pact.html Microsoft bought stake Reciprocal (digital rights management – copyright) https://www.cbronline.com/news/microsoft_taps_reciprocals_digital_rights_technology Microsoft bought 2.5% stake TV Cabo Portugal (cable tv) https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB922908130561694090 Microsoft bought 11.5% stake Globo Cabo (Portuguese cable tv) http://www.internetnews.com/bus-news/article.php/184051/Microsoft-Invests-126-Million-in-Brazils-Globo-Cabo.htm Microsoft bought stake in Inprise https://www.nytimes.com/1999/06/09/business/company-news-microsoft-and-inprise-reach-125-million-agreement.html Microsoft bought CompareNet (online comparison-shopping services) https://news.microsoft.com/1999/03/04/microsoft-acquires-comparenet-to-greatly-enhance-consumer-shopping-experience-at-msn/ Microsoft bought Numinous (graphics and interactive video software – developed by University of Washington & Brown University) https://mergr.com/numinous-technologies-acquired-by-microsoft Microsoft bought Access Software (developer & publisher of PC golf games) https://news.microsoft.com/1999/04/19/microsoft-to-acquire-access-software/ Microsoft bought Jump Networks (web-based calendar services became Outlook) https://news.microsoft.com/1999/04/26/microsoft-acquires-leading-web-based-calendar-company-jump-networks/ Microsoft bought ShadowFactor (Battlefield Communicator technology – BattleCom) https://news.microsoft.com/1999/06/07/microsoft-acquires-software-manufacturer-shadowfactor/ Microsoft bought OmniBrowse (wireless content delivery services for handheld devices) https://news.microsoft.com/1999/06/14/microsoft-launches-msn-mobile-on-msn-com-to-deliver-wireless-content-to-cellular-phones-handheld-devices-and-pagers/ Microsoft bought Intrinsa (software development tools) https://www.crunchbase.com/acquisition/microsoft-acquires-intrinsa–e76ca37b#section-overview Microsoft bought Sendit (Internet Cellular Smart Access server – ICSA) https://news.microsoft.com/1999/07/01/microsoft-to-acquire-sendit/ Microsoft bought ZOOMIT (meta-directory products, Active Directory) https://news.microsoft.com/1999/07/08/microsoft-acquires-leading-developer-of-meta-directory-products/ Microsoft bought STNC (wireless communications software) https://news.microsoft.com/1999/07/21/microsoft-acquires-stnc-a-leader-in-digital-cellular-software/ Microsoft bought Visio (enterprise-wide business diagramming & technical drawing software) https://news.microsoft.com/2000/01/07/microsoft-completes-acquisition-of-visio/ Microsoft bought Softway Systems (suite of utilities & developer tools for UNIX) https://news.microsoft.com/1999/09/17/microsoft-acquires-softway-systems-to-strengthen-future-customer-interoperability-solutions/ Microsoft bought Entropic (speech R & D software toolkits, ESPE/waves+ & HTK) https://news.microsoft.com/1999/10/29/microsoft-acquires-entropic-an-innovator-in-speech-technologies/ Microsoft bought 4.7% stake in Commtouch Software (Israeli e-mail provider) https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB94656861640089852 Microsoft bought 10% stake Gigamedia (Taiwanese broadband firm) https://www.cbronline.com/news/microsoft_links_with_gigamedia_for_broadband_net_services/

2000

Microsoft bought Peach Networks (technology for enhanced TV services in digital television) https://news.microsoft.com/2000/02/29/microsoft-to-acquire-peach-networks/ Microsoft bought (via 85% of shares in Expedia) Travelscape (travel booking platform) https://lasvegassun.com/news/2000/feb/02/travelscapecom-to-be-purchased-for-818-million-in-/ Microsoft bought stake Intertainer (entertainment-on-demand service) https://www.wired.com/1998/08/nbc-buys-stake-in-intertainer/ Microsoft bought 1.35% stake VerticalNet (B2B procurement portals) https://www.forbes.com/2001/05/02/0502vertnet.html Microsoft bought 20% stake RealNames (domain registry) https://news.microsoft.com/2000/03/14/steve-ballmer-announces-increased-commitment-of-msn-to-realnames-internet-keyword-navigation-solution/ Microsoft bought 9% stake MEASAT Broadcast Network (Malaysian communication satellites) https://www.multichannel.com/news/microsoft-takes-stake-japanese-mso-titus-138201 Microsoft bought minority stake Best Buy (electronics retailer) https://web.archive.org/web/20090803103218/http://www.alacrastore.com/storecontent/Thomson_M%26A/Microsoft_Corp_acquires_a_minority_stake_in_Best_Buy_Co_Inc-952984020 Microsoft bought 22.98% stake Telewest Communications (cable, phone, internet) https://money.cnn.com/2000/07/05/worldbiz/microsoft_telewest/ Microsoft bought stake CAIS Internet (broadband) https://news.microsoft.com/2000/05/03/cais-internet-and-microsoft-advance-internet-services-for-consumers/ Microsoft bought stake Corel Corporation (Canadian, graphics processing) https://news.microsoft.com/2000/10/02/corel-and-microsoft-announce-strategic-alliance/ Microsoft bought 8.73% stake Chyron Corporation (broadcast graphics) https://web.archive.org/web/20090803101246/http://www.alacrastore.com/storecontent/Thomson_M%26A/Microsoft_Corp_acquires_a_minority_stake_in_Chyron_Corp_from_MWW_Group-1073079020 Microsoft bought stake BroadBand Office (communication) https://news.microsoft.com/2000/02/23/microsoft-announces-relationship-with-broadband-office-to-offer-bundled-services-solutions/ Microsoft bought Titus Communications (Japan’s 2nd largest cable tv provider) https://news.microsoft.com/2000/04/10/microsoft-acquires-mediaone-internationals-stake-in-titus-communications/ Microsoft bought Driveoff.Com (auto e-commerce) https://news.microsoft.com/2000/06/12/msn-carpoint-to-acquire-driveoff-com-to-make-it-easier-for-consumers-to-buy-cars-online/ Microsoft bought Bungie Software (developer of action oriented computer & video games) https://news.microsoft.com/2000/06/19/microsoft-to-acquire-bungie-software/ Microsoft bought NetGames USA (developer of scoring, matchmaking & enhancements for retail and Web-based games) https://news.microsoft.com/2000/07/12/microsoft-acquires-netgames-usa/ Microsoft bought MongoMusic (digital music infrastructure) https://news.microsoft.com/2000/09/13/microsoft-acquires-mongomusic/ Microsoft bought Pacific Microsonics Inc (HDCD digital audio technology) https://news.microsoft.com/2000/09/18/microsoft-acquires-pacific-microsonics-inc/ Microsoft bought WebAppoint (online scheduling software) https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-nabs-scheduling-service-for-net/ Microsoft bought Digital Anvil (games developer) https://news.microsoft.com/2000/12/05/microsoft-to-acquire-digital-anvil/ Microsoft bought Great Plains Software (midmarket business applications) https://news.microsoft.com/2001/04/05/microsoft-completes-acquisition-of-great-plains/

2001

Microsoft bought (via 85% of shares in Expedia) Vacationspot (reservation network for vacation homes, inns, etc.) https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/vacationspot-com#section-overview Microsoft bought Intellisol International (Canadian Payroll System) https://www.theglobeandmail.com/technology/microsoft-acquires-canadian-payroll-system/article1181613/ Microsoft bought Audible.com (audio retail) https://www.cnet.com/news/amazon-acquires-audible-for-300-million/ Microsoft bought 10% stake Sendo (British manufacturer & supplier of mobile phones) https://slashdot.org/story/02/12/26/1423247/sendo-accuses-ms-of-stealing-smartphone-ip Microsoft bought Design Intelligence https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Investor/acquisition-history.aspx Microsoft bought Ensemble Studios (games developer – Age of Empires) https://news.microsoft.com/2001/05/03/microsoft-reaches-agreement-to-acquire-ensemble-studios/ Microsoft bought NCompass Labs (web content management software package – NCompass Resolution) https://news.microsoft.com/2001/04/30/microsoft-to-acquire-ncompass-labs/ Microsoft bought Maximal Innovative Intelligence (Israeli data-agnostic analysis solution which works with Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Analysis Services) https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-499478 Microsoft bought Yupi Internet Inc (Spanish language sites: Yupi.com, CiudadFutura, MujerFutura.com & YupiTV) https://news.microsoft.com/2001/06/21/microsoft-and-telmex-joint-venture-t1msn-to-acquire-yupi-internet-accelerating-expansion-in-u-s-hispanic-market/

2002

Microsoft bought (via Expedia) Classic Custom Vacations (assets of vacation wholesaler) https://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/4010725.html Microsoft bought Navision (integrated business software solutions) https://news.microsoft.com/2002/07/11/microsoft-acquires-navision/ Microsoft bought 15.4% stake in USA Networks (tv) https://web.archive.org/web/20090803093940/http://www.alacrastore.com/storecontent/Thomson_M%26A/Microsoft_Corp_acquires_a_minority_stake_in_USA_Networks_Inc-1271839020 Microsoft bought XDegrees (peer to peer tech) https://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/stories/2002/09/09/daily13.html Microsoft bought Rare Ltd (game developers – GoldenEye 007, Perfect Dark, Banjo-Kazooie & Donkey Kong 64) https://news.microsoft.com/2002/09/24/microsoft-acquires-video-game-powerhouse-rare-ltd/ Microsoft bought Vicinity (location-based technology solution) https://news.microsoft.com/2002/12/12/microsoft-completes-acquisition-of-vicinity-corp/

2003

Microsoft bought Connectix (virtual machine integration solutions) https://news.microsoft.com/2003/02/19/microsoft-acquires-connectix-virtual-machine-technology/ Microsoft bought PlaceWare (web conferencing services) https://news.microsoft.com/2003/04/30/placeware-inc-announces-its-acquisition-by-microsoft-is-complete/ Microsoft bought G.A. Sullivan https://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/stories/2003/05/26/daily10.html Microsoft bought High Heat Major League Baseball (IP of 3DO when they went bankrupt) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Heat_Major_League_Baseball Microsoft bought GeCAD Software (antivirus software) https://news.microsoft.com/2003/06/10/microsoft-to-acquire-antivirus-technology-from-gecad-software/

2004

Microsoft bought Encore Business Solutions (IP) https://www.encorebusiness.com/press/encores-not-for-profit-series-acquired-by-microsoft-business-solutions/ Microsoft bought ActiveViews (ad hoc reporting system) https://news.microsoft.com/2004/04/26/microsoft-acquires-activeviews-business-intelligence-functionality/ Microsoft bought Lookout Software (email search technology) https://arstechnica.com/uncategorized/2004/07/4002-2/ Microsoft bought GIANT Company (anti-spyware & Internet security products) https://news.microsoft.com/2004/12/16/microsoft-acquires-anti-spyware-leader-giant-company/

2005

Microsoft bought en’tegrate (ERP Complete) https://www.channelinsider.com/c/a/News/Microsoft-Acquires-ERP-Tool-Set-for-Axapta Microsoft bought Sybari Software Inc (antivirus products – Antigen) https://news.microsoft.com/2005/06/21/microsoft-completes-acquisition-of-enterprise-security-provider-sybari-software/ Microsoft bought Groove Networks Inc (virtual office collaboration software) https://news.microsoft.com/2005/03/10/microsoft-to-acquire-groove-networks-combining-talents-to-create-anytime-anywhere-collaboration-products-and-services/ Microsoft bought MessageCast (large scale message delivery) https://news.microsoft.com/2005/05/11/msn-acquires-messagecast-to-expand-automated-alerting-services/ Microsoft bought singhua-Shenxun Science & Technology Co Ltd (Chinese mobile software & service company) https://zhuanlan.zhihu.com/p/19749739 Microsoft bought FrontBridge Technologies (managed services addressing corp e-mail security, compliance & availability requirements) https://news.microsoft.com/2005/07/20/microsoft-to-acquire-frontbridge-technologies-a-leading-provider-of-secure-messaging-services/ Microsoft bought Teleo Inc. (Internet protocol software & services – VoIP) https://news.microsoft.com/2005/08/30/microsoft-acquires-teleo-innovative-voip-technology-company/ Microsoft bought media-streams.com AG (communications apps based on voice over Internet protocol technology – VoIP) https://news.microsoft.com/2005/11/02/microsoft-to-acquire-media-streams-com-ag-technologies-to-integrate-voice-communications-into-microsoft-office-system/ Microsoft bought FolderShare (file synchronization & remote access) https://news.microsoft.com/2005/11/03/microsoft-acquires-foldershare-a-file-synchronization-technology-provider/ Microsoft bought Alacris Inc (certificate management and identity assurance software) https://news.microsoft.com/2005/09/19/microsoft-acquires-identity-and-access-management-solutions-provider-alacris/

2006

Microsoft bought UMT (project & portfolio management software) https://news.microsoft.com/2005/12/15/microsoft-to-acquire-umt-a-leading-provider-of-portfolio-management-software-and-solutions/ Microsoft bought Motion Bridge (mobile search technology) https://news.microsoft.com/2006/02/13/microsoft-acquires-mobile-search-technology-provider-motionbridge/ Microsoft bought Seadragon Software (web optimized visualization tech for browsing graphics & photos regardless of size) https://www.cnet.com/news/microsofts-seadragon-goes-social-with-zoom-it/ Microsoft bought Onfolio Inc (Internet research & information management provider) https://news.microsoft.com/2006/03/07/microsoft-enhances-windows-live-toolbar-capabilities-with-acquisition-of-onfolio/ Microsoft bought Apptimum Inc (automatically transfer customers’ applications to new computers) https://news.microsoft.com/2006/03/07/microsoft-acquires-apptimum-inc-a-leading-application-transfer-company/ Microsoft bought ProClarity Corp (advanced analysis & visualization technologies) https://news.microsoft.com/2006/04/03/microsoft-agrees-to-acquire-proclarity-enhancing-business-intelligence-offering/ Microsoft bought iView Multimedia (MediaPro for OS X & Windows) https://www.macworld.com/article/1051551/iview.html Microsoft bought Lionhead Studios (video game developers- Fable, the hit Xbox & Windows franchises) https://news.microsoft.com/2006/04/06/microsoft-game-studios-acquires-video-game-luminary-peter-molyneuxs-lionhead-studios/ Microsoft bought AssetMetrix (software asset management) https://www.crn.com/news/applications-os/186701239/microsoft-buys-assetmetrix-enters-software-asset-management-space.htm Microsoft bought Massive Inc (network for in-game advertising) https://news.microsoft.com/2006/05/04/microsoft-to-acquire-in-game-advertising-pioneer-massive-inc/ Microsoft bought Vexcel (photogrammetry, imagery & remote sensing technologies) https://news.microsoft.com/2006/05/04/microsoft-acquires-vexcel-corp-a-worldwide-leader-in-imagery-and-remote-sensing-technology/ Microsoft bought DeepMetrix (web analytics) https://www.searchenginewatch.com/2006/05/08/microsoft-acquires-deepmetrix-to-enhance-adcenter-metrics/ Microsoft bought Whale Communications (provider of secure access products, including secure sockets layer (SSL) virtual private networks (VPN) and Web application firewalls) https://news.microsoft.com/2006/05/18/microsoft-to-acquire-whale-communications-a-leading-provider-of-ssl-vpn-and-application-security-technologies/ Microsoft bought Gteko (Israeli company, networking & support software solutions for the digital homes – GTAgent) https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3308473,00.html Microsoft bought DesktopStandard (software that uses group policy for managing computers) https://www.networkworld.com/article/2307686/microsoft-acquires-policy-based-management-vendor-desktopstandard.html Microsoft bought Softricity (provider of application virtualization & dynamic streaming technologies) https://news.microsoft.com/2006/07/17/microsoft-completes-acquisition-of-softricity/ Microsoft bought Winternals (operating system design & architecture – Sysinternals) https://arstechnica.com/uncategorized/2006/07/7287-2/ Microsoft bought Azyxxi (health intelligence software, patient clinical info repository – well entrenched in the medical industry) https://news.microsoft.com/2006/07/26/microsoft-expands-presence-in-healthcare-it-industry-with-acquisition-of-health-intelligence-software-azyxxi/ Microsoft bought Colloquis (conversational online business solutions featuring natural language-processing tech) https://news.microsoft.com/2006/10/12/microsoft-acquires-colloquis-to-enhance-user-interactions-online/

2007

Microsoft bought Medstory Inc (develop intelligent Web search tech specifically for health information) https://news.microsoft.com/2007/02/26/microsoft-demonstrates-further-commitment-to-healthcare-market-with-planned-acquisition-of-web-search-company/ Microsoft bought DevBiz Business Solutions (web front-end for Visual Studio Team Foundation Server) https://devblogs.microsoft.com/bharry/microsoft-acquires-teamplain/ Microsoft bought 1.6% stake Facebook (social media) https://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-acquires-equity-stake-in-facebook-expands-ad-partnership/ Microsoft bought Tellme Networks, Inc (voice-enabled services) https://news.microsoft.com/2007/03/14/microsoft-to-acquire-tellme-networks/ Microsoft bought OfficeWriter (java reporting for Microsoft office dosc – bought from SoftArtisans) https://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-to-acquire-officewriter/ Microsoft bought ScreenTonic (mobile advertising pioneer) https://news.microsoft.com/2007/05/03/microsoft-acquires-mobile-advertising-pioneer-screentonic/ Microsoft bought Engyro (software solutions to integrate, consolidate & simplify IT operations) https://www.networkworld.com/article/2347473/microsoft-acquires-mom-connector-maker–engyro–will-cease-selling-mom-2005-connect.html Microsoft bought Stratature (master data management software for large and small enterprises) https://www.gartner.com/en/documents/507290 Microsoft bought data centers in Santa Clarita, CA from Savvis (250,000 sqft) https://www.informationweek.com/microsoft-buys-two-data-centers-for-$200-million/d/d-id/1056690 Microsoft bought (all-cash transaction) aQuantive Inc (advertising platform) https://news.microsoft.com/2007/05/18/microsoft-to-acquire-aquantive-inc/ Microsoft bought Jellyfish.com (social shopping network) https://mashable.com/2007/10/01/microsoft-jellyfish/ Microsoft bought AdECN, Inc (advertising exchange platform) https://news.microsoft.com/2007/07/26/microsoft-to-acquire-adecn-inc/ Microsoft bought Parlano (application for enterprise group chat) https://news.microsoft.com/2007/08/29/microsoft-to-acquire-parlano/ Microsoft bought (tech, IP & assets) Global Care Solutions (enterprise-class health information systems) https://news.microsoft.com/2007/10/28/microsoft-to-acquire-innovative-healthcare-technology-and-assets-from-global-care-solutions/ Microsoft bought Musiwave (mobile music service provider) https://techcrunch.com/2007/11/12/acquisitions-ibm-buys-cognos-microsoft-buys-musiwave/ Microsoft bought Multimap (online mapping service – world leader) https://news.microsoft.com/2007/12/12/microsoft-acquires-one-of-europes-top-online-map-services/ Microsoft bought 90 Degree Software (business intelligence solutions) https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/90-degree-software#section-overview Microsoft bought (via Avanade) Quadreon (Microsoft Dynamics AX enterprise resource planning) https://www.avanade.com/~/media/asset/press-release/avanadebelgiumquadreonacquisition324036.pdf

2008

Microsoft bought Fast Search & Transfer ASA (enterprise search solutions) https://news.microsoft.com/2008/01/08/microsoft-announces-offer-to-acquire-fast-search-transfer/ Microsoft bought 10.52% stake in OKWave (Japanese social network) https://web.archive.org/web/20090803105715/http://www.alacrastore.com/storecontent/Thomson_M%26A/Microsoft_Corp_acquires_a_minority_stake_in_OKWave-1959895040 Microsoft bought 15% stake in Zignals (stock trading site) https://venturebeat.com/2008/06/11/microsoft-helps-launch-zignals-stock-trading-site/ Microsoft bought Calista Technologies (virtual device solutions for Windows) https://news.microsoft.com/2008/01/21/microsoft-announces-vision-and-strategy-to-accelerate-virtualization-adoption/ Microsoft bought Caligari Corporation (3D video animation package) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caligari_Corporation Microsoft bought Danger Inc (handsets software & services) https://news.microsoft.com/2008/02/11/microsoft-agrees-to-acquire-danger-inc-strengthens-mobile-consumer-vision/ Microsoft bought YaData (Israeli ad targeting company) https://venturebeat.com/2008/02/27/microsoft-buys-israeli-ad-targeting-company-yadata/ Microsoft bought Credentica (technology & accompanying SDK for user-centric identity management – U-Prove) https://www.computerweekly.com/blog/Identity-Privacy-and-Trust/The-other-big-identity-story-Microsoft-acquires-Credentica Microsoft bought Kidaro (desktop virtualization solutions for enterprises) https://news.microsoft.com/2008/03/12/microsoft-to-expand-investment-in-desktop-virtualization-with-acquisition-of-kidaro/ Microsoft bought Rapt Inc (advertising yield management solutions for digital media publishers) https://news.microsoft.com/2008/03/14/microsoft-announces-acquisition-of-rapt/ Microsoft bought Komoku (advanced rootkit security detection solutions) https://www.computerworld.com/article/2537859/microsoft-acquires-rootkit-catching-security-company.html Microsoft bought Farecast (airfare pricing comparison tool, predictive algorithm) https://techcrunch.com/2008/04/17/microsoft-acquires-farecast-for-115m/ Microsoft bought Navic Networks (provider of television advertising solutions) https://news.microsoft.com/2008/06/17/microsoft-announces-acquisition-of-navic-networks/ Microsoft bought MobiComp (mobile data backup/restoration tech & mobile posting of social content) https://news.microsoft.com/2008/06/26/microsoft-reaches-for-clouds-and-deepens-mobile-possibilities-with-planned-mobicomp-acquisition/ Microsoft bought Powerset (natural language search engine) https://www.cnet.com/news/its-official-microsoft-acquires-powerset/ Microsoft bought Zoomix (Israeli data optimization provider) https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2008/07/microsoft-acquires-data-quality-software-start-up-zoomix/ Microsoft bought DATAllegro Inc (breakthrough data warehouse appliances) https://news.microsoft.com/2008/07/24/microsoft-to-acquire-datallegro/ Microsoft bought Greenfield Online Inc (internet survey solutions) https://news.microsoft.com/2008/09/10/microsoft-to-sell-greenfield-onlines-internet-survey-solutions-business-to-zm-capital/

2009

Microsoft bought 3DV Systems (Israeli company – motion-detection technology) https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-1000460733 Microsoft bought BigPark Inc (interactive online gaming) https://news.microsoft.com/2009/05/07/microsoft-agrees-to-acquire-bigpark-inc/ Microsoft bought Rosetta Biosoftware (life science bioinformatics solutions that enable advancements in biological research, drug discovery) https://news.microsoft.com/2009/06/01/microsoft-signs-agreement-with-merck-co-inc-to-acquire-assets-of-rosetta-biosoftware-strengthening-position-in-life-sciences-industry/ Microsoft bought (technology assets of) Interactive Super Computing (desktop parallel computing) https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/windowsserver/2009/09/21/microsoft-acquires-the-technology-assets-of-interactive-supercomputing-isc/ Microsoft bought To Increase & LS Retail (end-to-end retail solution including store management with point-of-sale, merchandising and ERP capabilities) https://news.microsoft.com/2009/09/22/microsoft-dynamics-acquisitions-accelerate-industry-innovation-for-erp-customers/ Microsoft bought Fullscope Inc (provides tight integration of business processes across discrete & process manufacturing) https://news.microsoft.com/2009/09/22/microsoft-dynamics-acquisitions-accelerate-industry-innovation-for-erp-customers/ Microsoft bought (assets of) Teamprise (SourceGear LLC) https://news.microsoft.com/2009/11/09/microsoft-acquires-teamprise-assets-provides-cross-platform-support-for-visual-studio/ Microsoft bought Sentillion (software for the healthcare industry) https://news.microsoft.com/2009/12/10/microsoft-deepens-investment-in-healthcare-industry-with-acquisition-of-sentillion/ Microsoft bought Opalis Software (IT process automation) https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/virtualization/microsoft-acquires-opalis-software/ba-p/381689

2010

Microsoft bought AVIcode (realtime application monitoring software for the .NET Framework) https://techcrunch.com/2010/10/06/microsoft-acquires-net-application-monitoring-startup-avicode/ Microsoft bought Canesta, Inc (3D chip maker, 44 patients for ‘electronic perception technology’) https://www.thestreet.com/technology/microsoft-to-acquire-3-d-chip-firm-canesta-10905777

2011

Microsoft bought Skype (video conference) https://news.microsoft.com/2011/05/10/media-alert-microsoft-and-skype-hold-press-conference-on-microsofts-acquisition-of-skype/ Microsoft bought Prodiance (Enterprise Risk Manager products for Excel ) https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-acquires-prodiance-to-integrate-risk-management-into-future-office-releases/ Microsoft bought Twisted Pixel Games (game developers – Splosion Man & The Gunstringer) https://www.trueachievements.com/n5862/twisted-pixel-acquired-by-microsoft Microsoft bought VideoSurf Inc (video discovery technology ) https://news.microsoft.com/2011/11/22/microsoft-acquires-video-content-discovery-company-videosurf/ Microsoft strategic partnership with Toyota for Toyota Medical Service Corp (telematics services) https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-and-toyota-announce-strategic-partnership-to-build-next-generation-telematics-on-windows-azure/

2012

Microsoft bought minority stake [24]7 (AI, outsourcing & call centers) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/(24)7.ai Microsoft bought stake Barnes & Noble (book store) https://web.archive.org/web/20120614064102/http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/Press/2012/Apr12/04-30CorpNews.aspx Microsoft bought Yammer Inc (provider of enterprise social networks) https://news.microsoft.com/2012/06/25/microsoft-to-acquire-yammer/ Microsoft bought Perceptive Pixel Inc (research, development & production of large-scale, multi-touch display solutions) https://news.microsoft.com/2012/07/09/microsoft-to-acquire-perceptive-pixel-inc/#0vZhXo9rPEfvglcV.97 Microsoft bought PhoneFactor Inc (multifactor authentication solutions- MFA) https://news.microsoft.com/2012/10/04/microsoft-acquires-phonefactor/#ToVmjxvIISWjREdB.97 Microsoft bought MarketingPilot (marketing-automation firm & assets) https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-buys-marketing-automation-firm-marketingpilot/

2012

Microsoft bought StorSimple Inc (Cloud-integrated Storage solutions – CiS) https://news.microsoft.com/2012/10/16/microsoft-reaches-agreement-to-acquire-storsimple/#xDtwFHoHOjzILZ5i.97 Microsoft bought R2 Studios (home entertainment & home automation) https://www.engadget.com/2013/01/03/microsoft-r2-studios-acquisition-xbox/

2013

Microsoft bought Pando Networks (peer-to-peer file-sharing technology) https://www.thesixthaxis.com/2013/03/14/microsoft-acquires-pando-next-xbox-uses-rumoured/ Microsoft bought id8 (smarthome automation) https://gadgets.ndtv.com/tv/news/microsoft-acquires-home-automation-startup-id8-312646 Microsoft bought MetricsHub (cloud monitoring) https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-acquires-metricshub/ Microsoft bought NetBreeze (native language analytics, data mining, transactional & text analysis capabilities) https://news.microsoft.com/2013/03/19/microsoft-dynamics-reimagines-and-unites-the-worlds-of-business-and-it/ Microsoft bought InRelease Business Unit (InCycle Software – application lifecycle management services & Release Management solutions on .NET platform) Microsoft bought Nokia mobile devices & services https://news.microsoft.com/2013/09/03/microsoft-to-acquire-nokias-devices-services-business-license-nokias-patents-and-mapping-services/ Microsoft bought ITAP from HLW Software (remote desktop client) https://ryanmangansitblog.com/2013/10/18/microsoft-acquire-itap-from-hlw-software/ Microsoft bought Apiphany (API management delivery platform) https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-acquires-apiphany/

2014

Microsoft bought Parature (cloud-based customer engagement solutions) https://news.microsoft.com/2014/01/07/microsoft-acquires-parature-to-add-leading-customer-self-service-suite-to-microsoft-dynamics-crm/ Microsoft bought GreenButton (on-demand solutions to manage compute-intensive workloads in the cloud) https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/big-compute-for-microsoft-azure-announcing-the-acquisition-of-greenbutton/ Microsoft bought Capptain (mobile push analytics provider) https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-the-acquisition-of-capptain/ Microsoft bought SyntaxTree (UnityVS plugin for Visual Studio) https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/archive/blogs/somasegar/microsoft-acquires-syntaxtree-creator-of-unityvs-plugin-for-visual-studio Microsoft bought InMage (cloud-based business continuity) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2014/07/11/microsoft-acquires-inmage-better-business-continuity-with-azure/ Microsoft bought Mojang (game developer – Minecraft) https://news.microsoft.com/2014/09/15/minecraft-to-join-microsoft/ Microsoft bought Aorato (enterprise security) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2014/11/13/microsoft-acquires-aorato-give-enterprise-customers-better-defense-digital-intruders-hybrid-cloud-world/ Microsoft bought Acompli (mobile email apps for iOS & Android) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2014/12/01/microsoft-acquires-acompli-provider-innovative-mobile-email-apps/ Microsoft bought HockeyApp (mobile crash analytics & beta distribution service for iOS, Android & Windows Phone) https://devblogs.microsoft.com/bharry/microsoft-acquires-hockeyapp/

2015

Microsoft bought Equivio (machine learning technologies for eDiscovery & information governance) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2015/01/20/microsoft-acquires-equivio-provider-machine-learning-powered-compliance-solutions/ Microsoft bought Revolution Analytics (software & services for R language) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2015/01/23/microsoft-acquire-revolution-analytics-help-customers-find-big-data-value-advanced-statistical-analysis/ Microsoft bought Sunrise (calendar app for iOS & Android) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2015/02/11/microsoft-acquires-sunrise-creator-innovative-calendar-app-mobile-devices/ Microsoft bought N-trig (styli & pen input hardware/software) https://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-acquires-surface-pen-technology-from-n-trig/ Microsoft bought LiveLoop (Powerpoint collaboration tool) https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-buys-office-collaboration-tool-maker-liveloop/ Microsoft bought Datazen Software (mobile business intelligence & data visualization on Windows, iOS and Android devices) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2015/04/14/microsoft-acquires-mobile-business-intelligence-leader-datazen/ Microsoft bought 6Wunderkinder (app developers – Wunderlist) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2015/06/02/welcome-6wunderkinder-microsoft-acquires-wunderlist/ Microsoft bought BlueStripe (application management technology) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2015/06/10/microsoft-acquires-bluestripe-to-help-customers-improve-application-visibility-and-management-across-the-datacenter-and-cloud/ Microsoft bought FieldOne Systems LLC (field service management solutions) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2015/07/16/microsoft-acquires-fieldone-global-provider-of-field-service-management-solutions-for-the-enterprise/ Microsoft bought Incent Games Inc (sales gamification platform – FantasySalesTeam ) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2015/08/03/microsoft-acquires-fantasysalesteam-an-innovative-sales-gamification-platform-to-help-organizations-increase-productivity/ Microsoft bought VoloMetrix (organizational analytics) http://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2015/09/03/microsoft-to-acquire-volometrix-to-empower-individuals-and-drive-organizational-productivity/ Microsoft bought Adallom (cloud security) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2015/09/08/microsoft-acquires-adallom-to-advance-identity-and-security-in-the-cloud/ Microsoft bought Double Labs (app developers – Echo Notification Lockscreen) https://venturebeat.com/2015/09/11/microsoft-buys-double-labs-the-startup-behind-android-lockscreen-app-echo/ Microsoft bought Adxstudio Inc (Web portals, online engagement solutions & application lifecycle management solutions for Microsoft Dynamics CRM) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2015/09/28/microsoft-acquires-adxstudio-inc-web-portal-and-application-lifecycle-management-solutions-provider/ Microsoft bought (from Intel) Havok (3D physics) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2015/10/02/havok-to-join-microsoft/ Microsoft bought Mobile Data Labs (intelligent productivity solutions for mobile professionals – MileIQ) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2015/11/05/microsoft-acquires-mobile-data-labs-to-advance-intelligent-productivity-solutions-for-the-mobile-workforce/ Microsoft bought Secure Islands (advanced information protection solutions) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2015/11/09/microsoft-to-acquire-secure-islands-a-leader-in-data-protection-technology/ Microsoft bought Metanautix (data analytics) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2015/12/18/microsoft-acquires-metanautix-to-help-customers-connect-data-for-business-insights/ Microsoft bought Talko (mobile messaging) https://techcrunch.com/2015/12/21/microsoft-buys-ray-ozzies-communications-startup-talko-team-will-join-skype/

2016

Microsoft bought Event Zero (assets of UC Commander) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2016/01/13/microsoft-acquires-management-reporting-and-analytics-technology-from-event-zero-to-enhance-skype-for-business-online/ Microsoft bought MinecraftEdu (Minecraft for the classroom, Learning Tools for OneNote) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2016/01/19/microsoft-invests-in-new-and-expanded-version-of-minecraft-for-the-classroom-opens-public-preview-of-learning-tools-for-onenote/ Microsoft bought SwiftKey (software keyboard and SDK – Android & iOS devices) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2016/02/03/microsoft-acquires-swiftkey-in-support-of-re-inventing-productivity-ambition/ Microsoft bought Xamarin (platform for mobile app development) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2016/02/24/microsoft-to-acquire-xamarin-and-empower-more-developers-to-build-apps-on-any-device/ Microsoft bought Solair (Internet of Things services) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2016/05/03/microsoft-acquires-solair-to-help-customers-harness-the-power-of-the-internet-of-things/ Microsoft bought LinkedIn https://news.microsoft.com/2016/06/13/microsoft-to-acquire-linkedin/ Microsoft bought Wand Labs (messaging app developer) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2016/06/16/microsoft-acquires-wand-labs-to-accelerate-innovation-in-bing-intelligence-and-conversation-as-a-platform/ Microsoft bought Code Connect (Visual Studio) https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=CodeConnect.CodeConnectAlpha-12804 Microsoft bought Beam (interactive livestreaming for gaming) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2016/08/11/microsoft-acquires-beam-interactive-livestreaming-service/ Microsoft bought Genee (artificial-intelligence-powered scheduling service) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2016/08/22/microsoft-acquisition-of-genee-to-accelerate-intelligent-experiences-in-office-365/

2017

Microsoft bought Maluuba (deep learning research labs for natural language understanding) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2017/01/13/microsoft-acquires-deep-learning-startup-maluuba-ai-pioneer-yoshua-bengio-advisory-role/ Microsoft bought Simplygon (automatic 3D data-optimization solutions) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2017/01/17/microsoft-acquires-simplygon-accelerate-innovation-enabling-3d-everyone/ Microsoft bought Deis (Container technologies) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2017/04/10/microsoft-acquire-deis-help-companies-innovate-containers/ Microsoft bought Intentional Software (team productivity platform) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2017/04/18/microsoft-acquire-intentional-software-expand-future-productivity-capabilities/ Microsoft bought Hexadite (agentless, automatic incident investigation & remediation solutions) https://news.microsoft.com/2017/06/08/microsoft-signs-agreement-to-acquire-hexadite/ Microsoft bought Cloudyn (cost management software) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2017/06/29/microsofts-acquisition-cloudyn-will-help-azure-customers-manage-optimize-cloud-usage/ Microsoft bought Cycle Computing (cloud computing orchestration) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2017/08/15/microsoft-acquires-cycle-computing-accelerate-big-computing-cloud/ Microsoft bought AltSpaceVR (VR meeting) https://altvr.com/joining-microsoft/ Microsoft bought SWNG (Photo manipulation app – make ‘living photos’) https://mspoweruser.com/microsoft-acquires-living-photo-app-swng/

2018

Microsoft bought Avere Systems (high-performance file system solutions for hybrid cloud infrastructures) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2018/01/03/microsoft-to-acquire-avere-systems-accelerating-high-performance-computing-innovation-for-media-and-entertainment-industry-and-beyond/ Microsoft bought PlayFab (complete backend platform provider of services to build, launch & grow cloud-connected games) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2018/01/29/microsoft-acquires-playfab-accelerating-game-development-innovation-cloud/ Microsoft bought stake Grab Holdings (Singaporean ride sharing company) https://news.microsoft.com/2018/10/08/grab-forges-strategic-cloud-partnership-with-microsoft-to-drive-innovation-and-adoption-of-digital-services-across-southeast-asia/ Microsoft bought Semantic Machines (conversational AI) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2018/05/20/microsoft-acquires-semantic-machines-advancing-the-state-of-conversational-ai/ Microsoft bought GitHub (software development platform) https://news.microsoft.com/2018/06/04/microsoft-to-acquire-github-for-7-5-billion/ Microsoft bought Compulsion Games (game developer – Contrast & We Happy Few) https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2018/06/10/e3-2018-compulsion-games-joins-microsoft-studios/ Microsoft bought Undead Labs (game developer – State of Decay) https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2018/06/10/e3-2018-undead-labs-joins-microsoft-studios/ Microsoft bought Playground Games (game developer – Forza Horizon & Forza) https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2018/06/10/e3-2018-playground-games-joins-microsoft-studios/ Microsoft bought Ninja Theory (game developer – Kung Fu Chaos, Heavenly Sword, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, DmC: Devil May Cry & Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice) https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2018/06/10/e3-2018-ninja-theory-joins-microsoft-studios/ Microsoft bought Flipgrid (video-based social learning platform used by 20 million pre-kindergarten) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2018/06/18/microsoft-and-flipgrid-unite-to-bring-social-learning-to-students-around-the-world/ Microsoft bought Bonsai (simplifies machine learning, general-purpose, deep reinforcement learning platform) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2018/06/20/microsoft-to-acquire-bonsai-in-move-to-build-brains-for-autonomous-systems/ Microsoft bought Lobe (simplifies machine learning) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2018/09/13/microsoft-acquires-lobe-to-help-bring-ai-development-capability-to-everyone/ Microsoft bought Glint (employee engagement platform for organizations) https://news.linkedin.com/2018/10/linkedin-announces-intent-to-acquire-glint Microsoft bought Inxile (game developer – The Bard’s Tale, Hunted: The Demon’s Forge, Fantastic Contraption, Wasteland 2, Torment: Tides of Numenera & Wasteland 3) https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2018/11/10/obsidian-inxile-join-microsoft-studios/ Microsoft bought Obsidian Entertainment (game developer – Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, Fallout: New Vegas, South Park: The Stick of Truth & Pillars of Eternity) https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2018/11/10/obsidian-inxile-join-microsoft-studios/ Microsoft bought XOXCO (software product design and development studio known for its conversational AI and bot development capabilities) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2018/11/14/microsoft-to-acquire-xoxco-bringing-together-leading-bot-development-communities-to-help-advance-conversational-ai/ Microsoft bought FSLogix (app-provisioning platform) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2018/11/19/microsoft-acquires-fslogix-to-enhance-the-office-365-virtualization-experience/ Microsoft bought Spectrum (community chat software) https://spectrum.chat/spectrum/general/spectrum-is-joining-github~1d3eb8ee-4c99-46c0-8daf-ca35a96be6ce

2019

Microsoft bought Citus Data (extension that transforms PostgreSQL into a distributed database for developers) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2019/01/24/microsoft-acquires-citus-data-re-affirming-its-commitment-to-open-source-and-accelerating-azure-postgresql-performance-and-scale/ Microsoft bought DataSense (combo cloud service for educators) https://educationblog.microsoft.com/en-us/2019/02/introducing-datasense-to-microsoft-educations-family-of-products/ Microsoft bought stake Databricks (software for processing large-scale data inpublic clouds) https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/04/microsoft-invests-in-databricks-funding-at-2point7-billion-valuation.html Microsoft bought Express Logic (real time operating systems for IoT & edge devices powered by microcontroller units) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2019/04/18/microsoft-acquires-express-logic-accelerating-iot-development-for-billions-of-devices-at-scale/ Microsoft bought Dependabot (tool that automates dependency updates& its integration directly into GitHub) https://www.neowin.net/news/github-acquires-dependabot-launches-github-sponsors Microsoft bought Drawbridge (machine learning digital identity management technology) https://news.linkedin.com/2019/January/accelerating-our-marketing-solutions-technology-platform- Microsoft bought Double Fine Productions (game developers – Psychonauts, Brütal Legend, Broken Age & remaster LucasArts games Grim Fandango, Day of the Tentacle & Full Throttle) https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2019/06/09/double-fine-productions-joins-xbox-game-studios/ Microsoft bought Pull Panda (tools for teams using GitHub) https://pullpanda.com/github Microsoft bought BlueTalon (data-centric security, user access control, data masking & auditing solutions for complex, hybrid data environments) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2019/07/29/microsoft-acquires-bluetalon-simplifying-data-privacy-and-governance-across-modern-data-estates/ Microsoft bought PromoteIQ (retail advertising) https://about.ads.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/post/august-2019/microsoft-acquires-promoteiq Microsoft bought jClarity (AdoptOpenJDK project) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2019/08/19/microsoft-acquires-jclarity-to-help-optimize-java-workloads-on-azure/ Microsoft bought Semmle (code analysis platform provider) https://github.blog/2019-09-18-github-welcomes-semmle/ Microsoft bought Mover (cloud file migration) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2019/10/21/microsoft-acquires-mover-to-simplify-and-speed-file-migration-to-microsoft-365/ Microsoft bought Movere (cloud file migration) https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-acquires-movere-to-help-customers-unlock-cloud-innovation-with-seamless-migration-tools/

2020

Microsoft bought Affirmed Networks (5G virtualized, cloud-native mobile network solutions) https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2020/03/26/microsoft-announces-agreement-to-acquire-affirmed-networks-to-deliver-new-opportunities-for-a-global-5g-ecosystem/

Microsoft Products

Bosque (means ‘forest’) programming language https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bosque_(programming_language) DirectX https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DirectX Encarta (means ‘to summon’) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encarta Singularity https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singularity_(operating_system) Surface Pro X https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/surface-pro-x/8vdnrp2m6hhc?activetab=overview Xbox https://www.xbox.com Xenix https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenix XNA https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_XNA