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Microsoft takes advantage of antitrust spotlight on rivals to go hunting for large acquisitions

Microsoft is empire building because the country’s regulatory focus is on its biggest rivals. Microsoft announced that it had acquired Nuance Communications for $16 billion ($19.7 billion including net debt). The deal gives Microsoft a company that specialises in voice transcription and related artificial intelligence software. Nuance has a particular niche in health care, providing software to digitise conversations from doctor’s visits and facilitate clinical documentation. In less than three years ago, Microsoft paid $7.5 billion for GitHub. Less than five years ago, Microsoft paid more than $26 billion for LinkedIn. Nuance is Microsoft’s fourth such takeover.So far, Microsoft shareholders don’t seem to have jitters about the Nuance deal, Microsoft shares ended the day about flat.

Source: CNBC

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