Requesting Data and input on M&A for an article.


I am interviewing people for stories on how M&A played key roles in the success of many companies.  From Microsoft need a system for IBM to Google/Facebook dominating ads by acquisitions.

GOOGLE / Alphabet

google acquisitions

 

MICROSOFT – Day one acquisition (kinda):

Microsoft founder could not develop fast enough a system for IBM, so the acquired a company for its DOS software.

For this deal, Microsoft purchased a CP/M clone called 86-DOS from Seattle Computer Products, which it branded as MS-DOS, although IBM rebranded it to IBM PC DOS.

-DOS had a command structure and application programming interface that imitated that of Digital Research‘s CP/M operating system, which made it easy to port programs from the latter. The system was licensed and then purchased by Microsoft and developed further as MS-DOS and PC DOS.[1] Source: https://www.msx.org/wiki/The_History_of_MSX-DOS