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Microsoft CFO Deems Large Acquisitions Unlikely

Company at equilibrium, not worried about other organization's deals

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If Microsoft makes any acquisitions in the next few months, don’t look for the term "billion" to be involved.  Even "___ hundred million" may be out of the question.  Microsoft’s CFO, Peter Klein, recently indicated that the corporation isn’t interested in spending lots of money.

Microsoft LogoKlein hinted that most companies aren’t offering bargain-bin prices right now, and perhaps Microsoft’s still playing it safe following the recession, too.  "The stock market has clearly rebounded, so you sort of feel like you’re back to equilibrium," he said, according to Reuters.

And whether Google’s purchase of AdMob goes through – or any other significant deals occur – Microsoft shouldn’t be baited into playing a game of catch-up.  Klein explained, "We try and think ahead, so that when things happen there is not this big fire drill – ‘Oh my God, somebody bought something."

So Microsoft is likely to just focus on implementing its arrangement with Yahoo, then, while perhaps picking up a few small companies here and there until things have settled down.

That seems like a wise approach.  Of course, to be fair to Microsoft’s detractors and competitors, Google’s buy-everything-in-sight method of conducting business has gotten it pretty far.

Microsoft CFO Deems Large Acquisitions Unlikely
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  • http://hubpages.com/profile/dame+scribe Gin

    I would have to agree that not getting into that keeping up with the Jones’s is a good practice and focus on how best to deliver more or interesting services should be the focus. I would like to make a request for a idea but have no idea where to post such a request and would my email get lost in the world of emails? :)

  • http://www.TheOkayNetwork.com Adsense Publisher

    A company can only do so much at once.

    Google may have a lot of money to buy things, but they don’t know how to manage their resources so that things don’t fall short. I’d never outsource my payment processing to India to save a little money when the company profits billions every year.