Acquisitions are the topic of the day at Microsoft. The company's bid to purchase Fast Search & Transfer at a price above current valuation is receiving positive feedback from both Fast insiders and market observers. Google may own the consumer search market and its volume, but Microsoft owns the enterprise and it's not going to let go of enterprise search, a multi-billion dollar market. Analysts like Dana Gardner, though, blogging at Briefings Direct, say that Microsoft has once again waited too long and will pay too much for the privilege.
Speculation is that the move will prompt more consolidation in the market, as well.
Speculation is also that up next could be peripheral maker Logitech, though the company's shareholder with the biggest share (6 percent) is doing his best to tamp down the rumors, saying, "I am a co-founder of Logitech. Would you be willing to sell your child?"
It is unclear today exactly where the rumors got their start, but Logitech's share price is up, nonetheless.
Meanwhile, Microsoft has also publicly announced that its M&A leader of two years, Bruce Jaffe, is leaving the company after overseeing around 40 acquisitions, including its biggest purchase -- aQuantive for $6 billion.