Here Are 7 Companies Experts Think Microsoft Could Try To Acquire Aside From TikTok

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As Microsoft attempts to acquire viral video app TikTok’s US operations, analysts speculated on a few other names that might be on the tech titan’s shopping list. The list of seven potential Microsoft acquisitions includes Dropbox, Slack, Twilio, Docusign and VMware, which Dell is considering spinning out, plus startups Mmhmm and Superhuman.

Keep in mind, Microsoft’s largest acquisition to date was its $26.2 billion LinkedIn deal, and while it appears Microsoft might be willing to pay more for TikTok, multibillion-dollar deals still are pretty uncommon for the company.

While Microsoft’s bid to acquire viral video app TikTok’s US operations may have come as a surprise, there are a few other big deals that industry-watchers think are a little more predictable.

Business Insider compiled a list of companies analysts say Microsoft could try to buy, based on which buys could bolster key Microsoft businesses such as its Microsoft 365 suite of business software applications, Azure cloud computing business, or Dynamics customer relationship management software.

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It’s worth noting most of the companies on the list cost significantly more than Microsoft has ever paid to acquire any company. Microsoft’s largest acquisition to date was its LinkedIn deal worth $26.2 billion.

Morningstar analyst Dan Romanoff named big companies like Twilio and Docusign as potential targets, for example, but said he generally expects Microsoft to stick mostly to smaller deals.

“I would really expect [Microsoft] to continue to do deals at $1 [billion] or less that generally won’t mean much to casual observers,” he said, “but will serve to add important functionality to one of its existing product areas.”

Here are seven companies, aside from TikTok, that experts say Microsoft could acquire:

Mmhmmm

Valuation: Unknown

Mmhmm is building an app intended to allow people to virtually share their screen in a video call and remain in the picture at the same time, as Business Insider’s Katie Canales writes, and was founded by by ex-Evernote CEO Phil Libin.

The company is still very young, and just raised $4.5 million from investors including Sequoia Capital and cofounders of Instagram, Twitter, and Eventbrite.

Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi thinks Mmhmm could be a good acquisition target for Microsoft to build out its popular Teams workplace chat app and “help with the huge number of kids who like to do videos while playing Minecraft.”

Superhuman

Valuation: $270 million as of June 2019, per PitchBook

Superhuman builds an app intended to help users empty their inboxes in what it bills as “the fastest email experience ever made.” Unlike most other email apps, it’s not free — rather, it requires a $30/month subscription to use. In return, users get access to all kinds of email decluttering tools, including a conversational view that makes email look like a text message, as well as powerful keyboard shortcuts.

Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi said Superhuman could help Microsoft “modernize” its Outlook email app…….

Read More: Business Insider

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Microsoft Issues Bold Strike To Google Chrome With New Features You Need Now

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Microsoft’s revamped Edge browser has only been available for a few months, but it’s already putting pressure on Google’s market-leading Chrome. Now Microsoft has just issued a bold strike to Chrome with a set of cool and timely new features in Edge 83.

Launched on May 22 and rolling out gradually, Edge 83 will be available initially for a small number of users to evaluate their response so Microsoft can iron out any bugs and issues, according to tech site Bleeping Computer.

So what’s coming in this latest Microsoft Edge update?

Chrome-beating Microsoft Edge features you’ll want to try now

Even as countries exit lockdown during the COVID-19 crisis, many users are now working from home. This makes features such as the ability to separate your profiles between work and personal integral.

One of the new features in Edge 83, “Automatic Profile Switching” is able to detect when you are navigating to a site authenticated with a work account while in your personal profile and switch without you having to do anything.

Meanwhile, an update to a feature called SmartScreen makes you safer as you browse by stopping you from visiting insecure websites or downloading malicious files. Among the other cool updates, the Collections feature is improving—you can use it to drag and drop items to the collection without opening it—and the ability to Sync your extensions has been added.

How to get the new Microsoft Edge features now

If you can’t wait for the update, Bleeping Computer includes instructions for how to get Edge 83 now.

First, go to Microsoft Edge’s enterprise page and Select Stable 83 under Channel/version > Edge 83.0.478.37 > Select the platform > Download.Google Chrome v Edge

Microsoft Edge is certainly ramping up on the features front as it goes head-to-head with Chrome. In another move that brings its browser on a par with Chrome, Microsoft recently confirmed it would add a feature that will hide annoying notification pop ups that appear on some websites.

Privacy and security are a new battleground for browser-makers, and Google has just dropped a bunch of new features to try and starve off attempts to steal its market share.

In some ways, the two browsers are similar: If you are already an Edge user, you’ll know it’s based on the same Chromium browser engine as Google Chrome. Both Edge and Chrome releases have been delayed during COVID-19—and both skipped version 82 altogether to go straight to 83.

These new features are pretty cool—and they are what people need right now—so if you’re looking for a Google Chrome alternative, why not give Edge a try.

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Source: https://www.forbes.com

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