We visualize Microsoft's top acquisitions since purchasing Forethought in 1987.
In July 1987, Microsoft acquired Forethought for $14M in cash. Forethought’s key product, PowerPoint, was subsequently bundled into Microsoft Office, allowing Microsoft and PowerPoint to dominate the presentation software market.
This is regarded by some as one of the best acquisitions in history.
Since then, Microsoft has gone on to make more than 250 acquisitions. But where has it written its largest checks?
Using CB Insights M&A data, we made a visual timeline of the largest acquisitions in the company’s history. See the top 10 list below.
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MICROSOFT’S TOP ACQUISITIONS
These are Microsoft’s 10 largest acquisitions since 1987:
- Microsoft has spent over $63B for its top 10 deals (roughly 7% of its current market cap).
- All of the top 10 deals had valuations greater than $1B.
- Navision ($1.3B, 2002) was one of Microsoft’s earliest $1B+ acquisitions and remains its eighth largest deal.
- Microsoft’s $26.2B acquisition of Linkedin in 2016 was by far its largest deal.