Update 1 p.m. PST: Added analyst comments throughout.
While Microsoft is no Oracle when it comes to acquisitions, the company has been getting accustomed to cracking open its oversized wallet.
Historically, Microsoft has focused largely on smaller deals to acquire technology, as opposed to megadeals to buy established businesses. Microsoft is, of course, in the throes of a multibillion-dollar bid for Net pioneer Yahoo.
"It's a different type of acquisition for Microsoft," Directions on Microsoft analyst Matt Rosoff said of the Yahoo bid. "It's a new way of thinking." (Rosoff is a contributor … Read more