Microsoft on Monday announced a $26.2 billion deal to acquire professional networking platform LinkedIn for $196 per share. The market gave a mixed reaction to the announcement. While shares of LinkedIn surged 47 percent to near $193, Microsoft’s stock was down 3.2 percent.
In its 41 years history, Microsoft has acquired several companies but the biggest success was none other than Hotmail, which was bought from Sabeer Bhatia for $500 million in 1997. However, a repeat of Hotmail is something that Microsoft hasn’t been able to achieve in the last 19 years despite making several deals worth over a billion dollar each.
Microsoft announced today that it bought LinkedIn in a $26.2 billion deal, the tech giant’s largest acquisition in its 41-year history by a wide margin. So what value does Microsoft see in the professional social networking site?
On June 13, 2016 Microsoft announced the agreement to acquire LinkedIn for USD 26.2 billion. Important to note that this is the first big deal under Satya Nadella’s leadership and LinkedIn will continue to operate as an independent company. Albeit this (in theory) will allow more room for innovation, let’s put this announcement in perspective:
The acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft will help the duo assist client companies, and even individuals in the personal lives, to organise information and orchestrate their functions better.
Microsoft Corp has agreed to acquire LinkedIn Corp for $26.2 billion in a deal that will combine the world’s biggest software maker with the largest global online network of professionals.
By acquiring LinkedIn, Microsoft is looking at further strengthening its business from corporates in India and social networking play, an area in which it lags behind Facebook. Analysts feel that Microsoft’s Productivity and Business Processes as one of the three segments that could get a shot in the arm with the LinkedIn buy.
Alibaba is reportedly trying to cement its cloud business with plans to open a data center in India this year. According to Indian newspaper Business Line, China’s e-commerce titan has plans to boost its cloud computing business in India likely through an acquisition.
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group is poised to announce its India entry with a data centre. The Hangzhou-headquartered company, which is planning to enter the fledgling e-commerce market in India this year, probably through an acquisition, wants to set up a local data centre to better compete with its rivals. A similar strategy is being followed by other tech majors such as Microsoft and Amazon.
In2IT Technologies, a Gold Partner of Microsoft is enabling the businesses in Odisha with enterprise-grade cloud technology from Microsoft. The company provides a wide array of Microsoft cloud services including Office 365, Azure and CRM Online, to its customers from different industry sectors – Govt., Education, BFSI, Utility and Enterprise. These services can help the businesses in Odisha grow and become more profitable and productive. With modern technologies like cloud, companies will be able to connect better with suppliers, distributors, government agencies and grow their business.
Building new types of computers, constructing an intelligent cloud and helping companies increase productivity are the three “interlocking ambitions” he wants Microsoft Corp. to pursue “boldly”, CEO Satya Nadella said in a conversation on Thursday.
Ever since Dell announced its plans of $67 billion acquisition EMC, making it the largest tech mergers of all time – tech enthusiasts and analysts have gone wild predicting how Dell will integrate EMC into its current offerings. One of the most discussed part of the Dell-EMC merger is VMware’s fate. While, some believe Dell’s biggest gain in the deal is VMware, the independent public company acquired by EMC, several others (including heads of some rival companies) opine would Dell destroy VMware.
Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME), an apex industry body, and Microsoft have come together to enable more than 10,000 micro, small and medium businesses across the country to adopt information technology and cloud computing. This will help them to connect better with their existing customers and reach out to potential customers across India.
Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME), an apex industry body, and Microsoft have come together to enable more than 10,000 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises across the country to adopt information technology and cloud computing. This will help them to connect better with their existing customers and reach out to potential customers across India.
The Redmond-based technology major Microsoft on Wednesday said that all users who have a subscription of Office 365, which is a cloud-based service, will get the new Office 2016 for free. Other users can purchase the new suite, which is available in 14 Indian languages and 47 languages globally, starting Wednesday.
“Starting today, Office 365 subscribers can choose to download the new Office 2016 apps as part of their subscription. Automatic updates will begin rolling out to consumer subscribers next month,” the company said.
The Office 365 Personal edition (for one user – one PC + one Tablet + one Phone) costs Rs. 3,299 per annum and Office 365 Home (for five users – five PCs + five Tablets + five phones) is priced at Rs. 4,199 per annum.
The Redmond-based technology major Microsoft on Wednesday said that all users who have a subscription of Office 365, which is a cloud-based service, will get the new Office 2016 for free.
Microsoft has made some significant announcements on its cloud strategy in India. The software giant has shared updates on its local data centres.
As part of today’s announcements, the company has launched three centres in Mumbai, Pune, and Chennai; and said that its commercial cloud services will be available from these data centres.
Microsoft Azure services is launching today, and Office 365 services will be available from October 2015. Dynamics CRM Online services will follow suite early next year.
Two weeks after making Azure available locally in its three Indian datacentres, Microsoft has now announced locally hosted Office 365 services in India.
On October 12, the software giant said Office 365 services will now be delivered in India from the local datacentres in Mumbai, Pune and Chennai.
Less than a month after rollout of Windows 10, Microsoft has shared that its new operating system had already been installed on 75 million devices. And, interestingly nearly 1.5 million of those systems are running Windows 10 Enterprise.
In-fact, Greyhound Research CEO Sanchit Gogia said that according to their research about 70 percent of 150 organisations surveyed across Asia Pacific were not going to explore Windows 10 for the next 2-3 quarters.
Microsoft has made some significant announcements on its cloud strategy in India. The software giant has shared updates on its local data centres. As part of today’s announcements, the company has launched three centres in Mumbai, Pune, and Chennai; and said that its commercial cloud services will be available from these data centres. Microsoft Azure services is launching today, and Office 365 services will be available from October 2015. Dynamics CRM Online services will follow suite early next year.
On September 22, 2015, Microsoft announced the launch of it’s new office, Office 2016. This is a significant announcement post the launch of Windows 10 which has been touted to be the company’s last official Operating System. Over and beyond the ongoing tracking of productivity suites, the Greyhound Research team has also spent time over the past month running pilots across different devices and operating systems. Below is a quick summary of our observations.
Microsoft Corp., the world’s biggest software company, is doing the unthinkable. It is readying to deploy its new operating system (OS), Windows 10, on the cloud. Labelled “Windows as a service”, the company will provide free upgrades to users of Windows 7 and 8.1. Microsoft has also assured users that it will keep the new OS updated for the supported lifetime of a device for free. Windows 10 debuts on 29 July.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) said it will open an AWS infrastructure region in India for its cloud computing platform in 2016.
“Tens of thousands of customers in India are using AWS from one of AWS’s eleven global infrastructure regions outside of India. We’re excited to share that Indian customers will be able to use the world’s leading cloud computing platform (AWS) in India in 2016 – and we believe India will be one of AWS’s largest regions over the long term,” Andy Jassy, Senior Vice President, AWS, said in a statement.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) said it will open an AWS infrastructure region in India for its cloud computing platform in 2016.
Amazon amazed everyone by breaking out financial details of its secretive cloud computing business. Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, during first quarter earnings call, revealed that Amazon Web Services is “a $5 billion business and its growth is accelerating.” For the quarter, the e-commerce giant logged $1.57 billion in revenue, up almost 50 percent. AWS – which is Amazon’s cloud unit – accounts for about 7 percent of the company’s total revenue.
Earlier this morning I was chatting with a CIO of a large manufacturing organization with presence across multiple continents. They are currently benchmarking Mobile Device Management (MDM) vendors to help secure their mobile environment and we are helping them with this activity.
A new study by Greyhound Research shows that Poodle attack, which claimed its first victim in October 2014, has managed to cross the cloud barrier, and has penetrated cloud security SSL VPNs. The latest to fall victim to Poodle is the Microsoft cloud.
Earlier this morning I was chatting with a CIO of a large manufacturing organization with presence across multiple continents. They are currently benchmarking Mobile Device Management (MDM) vendors to help secure their mobile environment and we are helping them with this activity. As part of our rigorous methodology, we put 5 key vendors – Mass360 (owned by IBM), MobileIron, Good, Microsoft InTune and AirWatch (owned by VMware) – through the Poodle Attack Vulnerability check and results were amusing. While all vendors passed this test, AirWatch couldn’t make it to the finish line and got an overall rating of F. See pictures below for more details. We had reported another similar test last week where we found Microsoft’s Office365 vulnerable to the Poodle Attack.
On a call earlier today (with an end-user client) I was discussing enterprise security norms around cloud-based productivity suite offerings. Like many IT Decision Makers who are taking the leap to the cloud, our client (based in the APJ region) is also currently evaluating cloud-based productivity suite options including both Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps for Work. During our conversation I ran a quick Poodle Attack Vulnerability check (on www.ssllabs.com) and the results were worrisome. More below.
When Satya Nadella was named to head Microsoft Corp. on 4 February last year, there were expectations that he would boost its already strong enterprise business and research and development units in Hyderabad and Bengaluru, given his Indian roots and engineering background.A year down the line, Nadella has made Microsoft, primarily known for its proprietary software, more open, and sharpened its focus on cloud and mobility solutions.
In a widely anticipated move, Microsoft announced last week that its newly launched operating system, Windows 10, will be provided as a free upgrade to the users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President, Operating Systems group (OSG), Microsoft announced during the January 21, 2015 Windows 10 event keynote that “for the first year after Windows 10 is available, we will be making a free upgrade to Windows 10 available to all devices running Windows 8.1 and Windows 7.” Both Satya Nadella and Terry Myerson stated during their addresses that Windows 10 marks the beginning of “Windows-as-a-Service”. This, coupled with the announcement of a free upgrade from Windows 7 / 8.1 to Windows 10 only for the first year of it becoming generally available, could imply that Microsoft intends to move Windows to a yearly subscription model, as it has done with Office 365.
“Given our on-going tracking and engagement with end users, Greyhound Research has consistently given a feedback to the IT vendor Community for the need of local data center strategy. Earlier this morning, our Chief Analyst & CEO, Sanchit Gogia also tweeted about the same. Here’s the link attached to the tweet: https://twitter.com/s_v_g/status/516775840130924545
Google, Microsoft and IBM are trying to lure startups with lakhs of rupees worth of goodies in order to compete with Amazon, which is larger than all its competitors combined in the cloud computing space.