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How LinkedIn Stacks Up Against Other Microsoft Acquisitions

If successful, Microsoft's acquisition of LinkedIn for $26.2 billion would be the tech giant's highest-valued deal to date by a huge margin. The face value of the LinkedIn agreement is more than triple what Microsoft paid for the next biggest acquisition, Skype. The LinkedIn offer is about half the size of Microsoft's $44.6 billion bid in 2008 for Yahoo, but that deal ultimately did not go through.

Here are Microsoft's acquisitions worth $1 billion or more, ranked by their value at the time:

Rank Company Year Value
1 LinkedIn 2016 $26.2 billion
2 Skype 2011 $8.5 billion
3 Nokia (partial) 2013 $7.2 billion
4 aQuantive 2007 $6.3 billion
5 Mojang 2014 $2.5 billion
6 Fast Search & Transfer 2008 $1.9 billion
7 Visio Corp. 2000 $1.4 billion
8 Navision 2002 $1.3 billion
9 Yammer 2012 $1.2 billion

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Posted by Scott Bekker on June 13, 2016 at 9:15 AM


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