Microsoft Acquisitions in 2006
On an average Microsoft acquires 10 - 12 companies an year, but this year it has acquired around 20 !!! As with any other acquirer, Microsoft buys to fill a product gap or enter a new market or secure a new channel.
Here's a list of companies acquired in 2006:
Game developer of famed "Fable" franchise for Microsoft Game Studios
Provides products that automatically transfer customers’ applications to new computers
Their WinTarget product is an Internet Small Computer System Interface SAN solution
Helps solve the challenges of viewing large datasets on small displays
In the Windows Live toolbar, its technologies enhance the way people discover and reuse Web research
Offers photogrammetry, imagery and remote sensing technologies
Offers search technology for mobile operators and the mobile Internet
DynaComm product helps protect against phishing attacks and other Web threats
Helps companies create, manage and optimize project portfolios
Provides digital certificate and smart card life-cycle management solutions
FrontBridge Technologies, Inc.,
Offers managed services that complement the Exchange environment
Develops communications applications based on Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology
Delivers PC-to-phone calling via software and Web applications.
Develops enterprise call center technology; will be integrated in future versions of the Speech Server platform
Provides remote access technology that helps customers access info across devices
Enhances MSN’s ability to deliver an immersive mapping and local search framework
Provides digital asset management so people can create, share and store large volumes of digital files.
Helps deliver dynamic, relevant ads across Microsoft’s online services, including Xbox Live and MSN Games
Provides advanced analysis and visualization technologies for the Microsoft Business Intelligence platform
Provides BI capabilities to marketers and advertisers.