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With Microsoft's quest to acquire TikTok at an apparent end, here are 17 big deals experts think the $1.5 trillion tech titan could still pursue a?? including Slack, Workday, and UiPath

With Microsoft's quest to acquire TikTok at an apparent end, here are 17 big deals experts think the $1.5 trillion tech titan could still pursue a?? including Slack, Workday, and UiPath

Satya Nadella and Michael Dell on stage at Dell World 2015.
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Microsoft announced TikTok parent company ByteDance rejected its bid to acquire the app's US operations.




We asked analysts which companies would make sense as a Microsoft acquisition.




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




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Microsoft lost its bid to acquire TikTok's US operations, but analysts think the company still has an appetite for acquisitions.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.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 in August, "but will serve to add important functionality to one of its existing product areas."Futurum Research analyst Daniel Newman named acquisition targets as big as $221 billion Salesforce and said, "All of these acquisitions, to me, make a lot more sense than chasing TikTok."Here are 17 companies experts say Microsoft could acquire instead of TikTok:

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With Microsoft's quest to acquire TikTok at an apparent end, here are 17 big deals experts think the $1.5 trillion tech titan could still pursue a?? including Slack, Workday, and UiPath

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