What Companies are on Microsoft’s Acquisition Wish List?
June 24, 2015 Leave a comment
Earlier this month, VentureBeat contributors Michael Cullen and Mo Marshall predicted the companies that Microsoft has its eyes on, explaining that the tech giant and its CEO, Satya Nadella, “are on the acquisition path.” In the last few months, Microsoft has snatched up 6Wunderkinder, Acompli, and Sunrise, acquisitions that Cullen and Marshall believe lend clues in regards to what other kinds of companies Microsoft is looking to invest in.
According to the authors, “Microsoft is acquiring companies that are aligned with its goal of becoming a mobile first, cloud first organization, that help it to enhance its Office productivity and collaboration offering, and that boost its image as a company that prioritizes user experience and design.” With these factors in mind, Cullen and Marshall believe that Microsoft will look to acquire tech companies DocuSign, Dropbox, and Slack.
Headed by CEO Keith Krach, DocuSign has been pioneering (and dominating) the digital transaction management (DTM) industry since it was founded in 20013. This company allows you to securely sign documents digitally, which has impacted real estate, healthcare, tech, and business industries and beyond. According to Cullen and Marshall, Krach recently announced that Microsoft participated in DocuSign’s latest round of fundraising, which resulted in the company doubling its valuation to an impressive $3 billion. “From the point of view of shared objectives,” the authors write, “[DocuSign and Microsoft] couldn’t be more aligned in terms of enabling workforce mobility and productivity from any device.”
Dropbox is a service that allows people to bring their photos, documents, and videos anywhere, as well as share them easily, because any files that get saved to the Dropbox platform will automatically save to all of your devices, as well as the Dropbox website. Currently, the company has more than 300,000,000 users, and people save 1 billion files to Dropbox every 24 hours. According to VentureBeat, “Dropbox, in particular, has gone to great lengths to ensure that its platform integrates seamlessly with Office,” pointing to just one of many reasons the company would be worth investing in for Microsoft.
According to the authors, “When it comes to messaging and team communications, nothing is hotter in the SaaS space right now than Slack,” of how the new company is quickly developing a massive following. Slack is incredibly user-friendly, and hels facilitate conversations and collaborations in professional settings with ease. As the authors point out, Slack offers a lot of things that Microsoft already does, but “in a much more user-friendly and highly mobile-focused way.” For Cullen and Marshall, Microsoft choosing to invest in Slack just makes sense.