Microsoft acquires speech recognition company Nuance for $16 billion

Microsoft's Nuance deal is valued at $16 billion, in addition to $3 billion in debt.

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With as much capital as it has to swing around, Microsoft is always a name to look out for in the world of major business acquisitions. Now, the company has added yet another major name to its arsenal, as Microsoft has announced that it’s acquiring speech recognition company Nuance Communications for a whopping $16 billion.

Microsoft announced the acquisition via its webstite on April 12, 2021. As for the specifics, Microsoft is purchasing Nuance at $56 per share, which is a 23% increase from the company’s closing price at the end of Friday, April 9. While the buying price is $16 billion, Microsoft will also assume Nuance’s debt, putting the total at $19 billion.

“Nuance is a trusted cloud and AI software leader representing decades of accumulated healthcare and enterprise AI experience,” the statement reads. Though Microsoft will now have full control of Nuance, it won’t be shuffling the company’s internal hierarchy. Mark Benjamin will continue to serve as CEO but will now report to Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s executive vice president of Cloud & AI.

Microsoft states that its acquisition of Nuance is the latest step in the company’s cloud strategy in the healthcare industry. “By augmenting the Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare with Nuance’s solutions, as well as the benefit of Nuance’s expertise and relationships with EHR systems providers, Microsoft will be better able to empower healthcare providers through the power of ambient clinical intelligence and other Microsoft cloud services.”

Although Microsoft and Nuance Communications have agreed to a deal, it still needs to get government clearance before it’s made official. Microsoft states that it expects the deal to close this calendar year. Visit the Microsoft topic page on Shacknews for more out of the tech company.

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