Its still in buzz. The one-of-a-kind, one of the largest ever, gargantuan $26.2 Billion Microsofts acquisition of Linkedin continues to make roars in the tech circle. The two companies see synergy in merging the leading professional cloud and network, driven by “a common mission on empowering people and organisations”.
In Microsoft’s vision for the future, Cortana, its voice-assisted personal assistant will be able to feed users predictive and personalised insights on a business prospect. We can also expect LinkedIn user data to surface on Outlook, Skype, or Office, and Delve.
LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner says the acquisition will help the two companies work on tools for news dissemination, collaboration, productivity tools, business intelligence and introduce the concept of social selling through a combination of LinkedIn Sales Navigator and Microsoft Dynamics.
In light of Microsoft’s latest acquisition, we thought, who’d be better than Tracxn — unarguably the world’s largest data and analytics repository on startup/tech deals and M&As — to have a look at $10B+ acquisitions over the last decade, Microsoft’s $1B+ acquisitions, and all the IP and technology it will amass through the LinkedIn acquisition. So lets begin.
$10 Billion-Plus Software and Internet Deals Announced Over the Last Decade
There have been seven acquisitions above $10 billion in software and Internet companies – Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn is the second largest deal in this list, behind Dell’s acquisition of EMC. HP is the only company to figure twice on this list.
Microsoft’s Billion Dollar Acquisitions
LinkedIn is Microsoft’s biggest acquisition to date – the next biggest is acquisition was Skype, which got a better deal than Nokia’s handset business did in 2014. Swedish indie video game developers Mojang, the makers of Minecraft fetched a handsome $2.5B in 2014.
18 Companies Acquired by LinkedIn, Now Owned by Microsoft
LinkedIn became a public company on May 18, 2011, and most of its acquisitions have happened since. Of the 18 companies, the biggest buys are online video tutoring platform Lynda.com, B2B audience marketing platform Bizo, AI-driven job matching service Bright, and online presentation sharing portal Slideshare.
These four buys cost LinkedIn upwards of $100M. Contact matching application Rapportive and news reader app Pulse are two other significant buys.
|Lynda||09 Apr- 2015||Online video tutorials||$1.5B|
|Bizo||04 Aug- 2014||B2B audience marketing and data platform||$175M|
|Bright||6 Feb- 2014||Candidate scoring algorithm to match jobs and jobseekers||$120M|
|SlideShare||3 May- 2012||Social slides sharing portal||$119M|
|Pulse||11 Apr- 2013||News reader application||$90M|
|Rapportive||7 Feb- 2012||Contact mapping application||$15M|
|mSpoke||4 Aug- 2010||Next generation personalization solutions||Undisclosed|
|CardMunch||26 Jan- 2011||Mobile business card transcription service||Undisclosed|
|Connected HQ||5 Oct- 2011||Web based contact manager||Undisclosed|
|IndexTank||11 Oct- 2011||Hosted search as a service||Undisclosed|
|Heirloom Technology, Inc.||2014||Photo and video sharing||Undisclosed|
|Newsle||Jul, 2014||News about one’s social circle||Undisclosed|
|StackLead||25 Sep- 2014||Customer intelligence as a service||Undisclosed|
|Careerify||16 Mar- 2015||Social recruiting||Undisclosed|
|Refresh, Inc.||02 Apr- 2015||Social insights generator||Undisclosed|
|Fliptop||27 Aug- 2015||Predictive analytics on sales leads||Undisclosed|
|Connectifier||04 Feb- 2016||AI-powered candidate database||Undisclosed|
|Run Hop||06 May- 2016||Content distribution||Undisclosed|