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:

Lionhead Studios

Game developer of famed "Fable" franchise for Microsoft Game Studios

Apptimum

Provides products that automatically transfer customers’ applications to new computers

StringBean

Their WinTarget product is an Internet Small Computer System Interface SAN solution

Seadragon

Helps solve the challenges of viewing large datasets on small displays

Onfolio

In the Windows Live toolbar, its technologies enhance the way people discover and reuse Web research

Vexcel

Offers photogrammetry, imagery and remote sensing technologies

MotionBridge

Offers search technology for mobile operators and the mobile Internet

FutureSoft

DynaComm product helps protect against phishing attacks and other Web threats

UMT

Helps companies create, manage and optimize project portfolios

Alacris

Provides digital certificate and smart card life-cycle management solutions

FrontBridge Technologies, Inc.,

Offers managed services that complement the Exchange environment

Media-Streams

Develops communications applications based on Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology

Teleo

Delivers PC-to-phone calling via software and Web applications.

Unveil

Develops enterprise call center technology; will be integrated in future versions of the Speech Server platform

Byte Taxi

Provides remote access technology that helps customers access info across devices

Geo Tango

Enhances MSN’s ability to deliver an immersive mapping and local search framework

iView

Provides digital asset management so people can create, share and store large volumes of digital files.

Massive

Helps deliver dynamic, relevant ads across Microsoft’s online services, including Xbox Live and MSN Games

ProClarity

Provides advanced analysis and visualization technologies for the Microsoft Business Intelligence platform

DeepMetrix

Provides BI capabilities to marketers and advertisers.

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