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Microsoft's dilemma: Invest or acquire?

Perhaps in an effort to lower its profile as it fights off antitrust lawsuits from both the federal government and attorneys general from 20 states, Microsoft seems to be concentrating on strategic investments these days, curbing its acquisition fever of just a few years earlier.

Perhaps in an effort to lower its profile as it fights off antitrust lawsuits from both the federal government and attorneys general from 20 states, Microsoft seems to be concentrating on strategic investments these days, curbing its acquisition fever of just a few years earlier.

Date Company Status
1998
Aug. 25 Valence Research Acquisition
June 29 OpenPort Investment
June 18 Pluto Technologies Investment
June 15 RoadRunner Investment
June 15 Avid Technology acquires Softimage Investment
June 4 Tut Systems Investment
May 27 VenturCom, Inc. Investment
April 28 The MESA Group Acquisition
April 27 Reservation Works LLC Investment
April 9 Firefly Network Acquisition
March 23 ioptics Investment
March 3 General Magic Investment
Feb. 23 Flash Communications Acquisition
Feb. 17 SaveSmart Investment
Jan. 12 ShareWave Investment
1997
Dec.31 Hotmail Acquisition
Dec. 9 Elemental Software Inc. Investment
Dec. 9 Digital Sound Corporation Investment
Oct. 20 Wildfire Communications Investment
Sept. 22 E-Stamp Corporation Investment
Sept. 11 Lernout & Hauspie Investment
Sept. 9 TRADOS Investment
Aug. 25 eFusion Investment
Aug. 6 Apple Computer Investment
Aug. 5 VXtreme Acquisition
July 29 Navitel Investment
July 21 RealNetworks Investment
June 30 LinkAge Software Acquisition
June 26 First Data Investment
June 13 Cooper & Peters Acquisition
June 9 Comcast Investment
May 7 Dimension X Acquisition
April 6 WebTV Networks Acquisition
March 3 Inters? Acquisition
Feb. 19 Digital Anvil Investment
1996
Dec. 17 Proginet Investment
Dec. 10 NetCarta Acquisition
Dec. 10 CMG Investment
Dec. 6 Verisign Investment
Nov. 20 ResNova Software Acquisition
Oct. 29 OLAP technology from Panorama Software Acquisition
Oct. 28 VDOnet Investment
Sept. 30 WebTV Investment
Sept. 9 SingleTrac Entertainment Technologies Investment
June 24 Entex Investment
June 17 Electric Gravity Inc. Acquisition
June 11 eShop Inc. Acquisition
May 7 Tandem Investment
April 15 EXOS Inc. Acquisition
April 9 Helicon Publishing Limited Investment
April 8 aha! software Acquisition
March 12 Colusa and Aspect Acquisition
Feb. 1 Black Entertainment Television Investment
Jan. 16 Vermeer Technologies Inc. Acquisition
1995
Dec. 14 NBC Investment
Dec. 12 Bruce Artwick Organization Ltd. Acquisition
Nov. 6 Interoperability Technology, Expertise from Netwise Inc. Acquisition
Oct. 16 The Blue Ribbon SoundWorks, Ltd. Acquisition
Oct. 11 Individual Inc. Investment
Aug. 2 Digital Investment
July 31 Dare to Dream Intertainment Acquisition
July 10 SNMP Technology From Network Managers Acquisition
April 12 Wang Investment
March 22 DreamWorks SKG Investment
March 20 Vanstar Investment
Feb. 23 RenderMorphics, Ltd. Acquisition
Jan. 13 UUNET Investment
1994
Dec. 21 TCI Technology Ventures Investment
Nov. 15 One Tree Software Acquisition
Nov. 1 NextBase Acquisition
Sept. 27 Altamira Acquisition
June 28 SOFTIMAGE Acquisition
Source: Microsoft