Microsoft's $6.2 billion M&A lesson

Microsoft’s biggest play in the internet market has ended up as a $6.2 billion dud, but has the software giant learnt from its mistakes?

Microsoft’s biggest play in the internet services market and online advertising has ended up a dud, a $6.2 billion dud, which will most likely wipe out the software giant’s profit for the company's fiscal fourth quarter.  

While market reaction to Microsoft’s aQuantive mea culpa has been decidedly muted, there is little doubt that Microsoft’s shareholders will be hoping there are no repeats of this disaster.


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