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Microsoft could buy Big Five consultancy

Microsoft could acquire one of the Big Five accounting firm's consulting arms, as part of a $4bn spending spree, according to an analyst from the Gartner Group.

Speaking at the analyst’s annual Windows conference in Los Angeles, leading analyst Tom Bittman said potential targets could include Accenture, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young or KPMG Consulting.

Bittman’s prediction followed last week’s announcement by Microsoft of an internal push to grow its consulting business and to take a more aggressive role in winning prime consulting contracts.

The shift towards consulting – currently worth 3% of income for Microsoft, but the largest growing portfolio of business – is seen as necessary as the company moves towards the high-end server market.

Any moves would follow the company’s anti-trust case, while it is understood Microsoft has $29.6bn in cash reserves.

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