Microsoft spent over $9 billion on acquisitions last fiscal year

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Microsoft has had another great period of spending, having acquired twenty new companies for a combined total of more than $ 9 billion in its 2019 fiscal year, which ended in late June. That makes Microsoft's year of acquisition the third most expensive year to date, according to GeekWire statistics.

Of this year's acquisitions, GitHub takes most of Microsoft's total spending for these companies, costing up to $ 7.5 billion or 82 percent of its total volume. In contrast, the remaining $ 1.6 billion went to nineteen other organizations that primarily focus on areas of artificial homelessness, Internet of things and education. The tech giant also acquired some game development companies to expand its set for Xbox Game Studios.

Microsoft's biggest expense to date was in 2017, when it acquired LinkedIn for a whopping $ 26.2 billion. The company has not disclosed its spending on other acquisitions in that period, but only the acquisition of LinkedIn as more than the total number of combined acquisitions in any of the company's other fiscal years.

Microsoft has also made many other reputable acquisitions with the leadership of the current CEO since 2014, Satya Nadella. These include Nokia, which was acquired for $ 7.2 billion in the company's 2015 fiscal year, and Minecraft Mojang development company for $ 2.5 billion the previous year.

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