The Companies Microsoft Owns Amid Reports it is Buying Discord

Tech giant Microsoft is in discussions to purchase Discord, an instant messaging platform for gamers, for more than $10 billion, it has been reported.

Discord, which was released in May 2015, allows users to instant message each other and make voice and video calls, and the software also integrates with other gaming services.

However, just like Zoom, Discord has found more general uses during the COVID-19 pandemic, with people relying on the service for a much wider array of activities, something that Discord has been keen to encourage.

"People use Discord for all kinds of hanging out: from live karaoke nights, to screenshare group painting, to virtual wedding parties," the Discord website reads.

"People create Discord servers for gaming, yoga classes, comedy fan clubs, and even run entire podcasting businesses. Discord is for anyone who could use a place to talk with their friends and communities."

According to Bloomberg, the company has also held talks with Amazon and Fortnite developer Epic Games in the past.

Microsoft, whose gaming efforts are spearheaded by the Xbox line of consoles, is believed to be keen to purchase a company with a large base of active users, and Discord would certainly fit that bill, having hit 140 million monthly active users in December.

However, any deal with Discord is not believed to be imminent. The Redmond-based company has also been heavily linked with TikTok and Pinterest in the past year.

Newsweek has asked Microsoft and Discord for comment.

Microsoft has acquired more than 200 companies over its 46-year history. Software firm Forethought was the company's first purchase, amounting to $14 million in 1987 and laying down the foundations for Microsoft PowerPoint.

Its first billion dollar acquisition came at the turn of the millennium, when Visio Corporation was bought for $1.4 billion, and 10 more have since followed, LinkedIn being the biggest of these.

Microsoft spent $26.2 billion on the professional networking site in 2016, its biggest acquisition to date, vastly eclipsing the $8.5 billion it paid for Skype in 2011, which was arguably Microsoft's most disastrous purchase.

The list below shows Microsoft's entire history of acquisitions, in reverse chronological order.

  • The Marsden Group
  • ZeniMax Media
  • Orions Systems
  • CyberX
  • ADRM Software
  • Softomotive
  • Metaswitch Networks
  • npm
  • Affirmed Networks
  • Mover
  • Semmle
  • Movere
  • jClarity
  • PromoteIQ
  • BlueTalon
  • Pull Panda
  • Double Fine Productions
  • Drawbridge
  • Dependabot
  • Express Logic
  • DataSense
  • Citus Data
  • Spectrum
  • FSLogix
  • XOXCO
  • Obsidian
  • Inxile
  • Glint
  • Lobe
  • Bonsai
  • Flipgrid
  • Ninja Theory
  • Playground Games
  • Undead Labs
  • Compulsion Games
  • GitHub
  • Semantic Machines
  • PlayFab
  • Avere Systems
  • AltSpaceVR
  • Cycle Computing
  • Cloudyn
  • Hexadite
  • Intentional Software
  • Deis
  • Simplygon
  • Maluuba
  • Genee
  • Beam
  • Code Connect
  • Wand Labs
  • LinkedIn
  • Solair
  • Xamarin
  • SwiftKey
  • MinecraftEdu
  • Event Zero
  • Talko
  • Metanautix
  • Secure Islands
  • Mobile Data Labs
  • Havok
  • Adxstudio Inc
  • Double Labs
  • Adallom
  • VoloMetrix
  • Incent Games Inc
  • FieldOne Systems LLC
  • BlueStripe
  • 6Wunderkinder
  • Datazen Software
  • Sunrise
  • Revolution Analytics
  • Equivio
  • HockeyApp
  • Acompli
  • Aorato
  • Mojang
  • InMage
  • SyntaxTree
  • Capptain
  • GreenButton
  • Parature
  • Apiphany
  • InRelease
  • NetBreeze
  • MetricsHub
  • Pando Networks
  • R2 Studios
  • StorSimple Inc.
  • MarketingPilot
  • PhoneFactor Inc.
  • Perceptive Pixel Inc.
  • Yammer Inc.
  • VideoSurf Inc.
  • Prodiance
  • Skype
  • Canesta, Inc.
  • AVIcode
  • Sentillion
  • Opalis Software
  • Sentillion
  • Teamprise
  • LS Retail and To Increase
  • Interactive Super Computing
  • BigPark Inc.
  • Greenfield Online Inc.
  • DATAllegro Inc.
  • Zoomix
  • Powerset
  • MobiComp
  • Navic Networks
  • Farecast
  • Komoku
  • Rapt Inc.
  • Kidaro
  • Credentica
  • YaData
  • Danger Inc.
  • Caligari Corporation
  • Calista Technologies
  • Fast Search & Transfer ASA
  • Multimap
  • Global Care Solutions
  • Parlano
  • AdECN, Inc.
  • aQuantive, Inc.
  • ScreenTonic
  • Tellme Networks, Inc.
  • Medstory Inc.
  • Colloquis
  • Azyxxi
  • Winternals
  • Softricity
  • Whale Communications
  • Massive Inc.
  • Lionhead Studios
  • ProClarity Corp
  • Apptimum Inc.
  • Onfolio Inc.
  • Motion Bridge
  • Alacris Inc.
  • FolderShare
  • media-streams.com AG
  • Teleo Inc.
  • FrontBridge Technologies
  • Groove Networks Inc.
  • Sybari Software Inc.
  • GIANT Company Software
  • ActiveViews
  • PlaceWare
  • Connectix
  • Vicinity
  • Rare
  • XDegrees
  • Navision
  • Ensemble Studios
  • NCompass Labs
  • Design Intelligence
  • Great Plains Software
  • Digital Anvil
  • WebAppoint
  • Pacific Microsonics Inc.
  • MongoMusic
  • NetGames USA
  • Bungie Software
  • Driveoff.Com
  • Peach Networks
  • Entropic
  • Softway Systems
  • Visio
  • STNC
  • ZOOMIT
  • Sendit
  • OmniBrowse
  • ShadowFactor
  • Jump Networks
  • Access Software
  • CompareNet
  • LinkExchange
  • Valence Research
  • The MESA Group
  • Firefly Network
  • Flash Communications
  • Hotmail
  • VXtreme
  • LinkAge Software
  • Cooper & Peters
  • Dimension X
  • WebTV Networks
  • Intersé
  • NetCarta
  • ResNova Software
  • OLAP technology from Panorama Software
  • Electric Gravity Inc.
  • eShop Inc.
  • EXOS Inc.
  • aha! software
  • Colusa and Aspect
  • Vermeer Technologies Inc.
  • Bruce Artwick Organization Ltd.
  • Interoperability Technology, Expertise from Netwise Inc.
  • The Blue Ribbon SoundWorks, Ltd.
  • Dare to Dream Entertainment
  • SNMP Technology From Network Managers
  • RenderMorphics, Ltd.
  • One Tree Software
  • NextBase
  • Altamira
  • SoftImage
  • Fox Software
  • Consumers Software
  • Forethought
A Microsoft Store in New York City
View of a Microsoft store on March 10, 2021, in New York. The Redmond-based company has completed more than 200 acquisitions, starting with Forethought in 1987. John Smith/VIEWpress via Getty Images