In 2018 year-to-date, the company has made 7 acquisitions across the gaming space, more than it has in any other strategic area.
Microsoft is one of the most acquisitive companies of all time, according to CB Insights’ Acquirer Search.
Since 2013, the software giant has acquired 75 companies in total. Acquisition activity peaked in 2015, nearly a year after Satya Nadella replaced Steve Ballmer as CEO.
While 2018 has yet to exceed 2015 in terms of total acquisition activity, it has been the most acquisitive year for Microsoft since 2016.
In an attempt to understand Microsoft’s motivations, we analyzed its acquisition activity by business segment.