Microsoft could buy Big Five consultancy

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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