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Microsoft may be interested in buying AMD

Microsoft may be interested in buying AMD

Microsoft may be interested in buying AMD

Microsoft may be interested in buying AMD

 

Microsoft may be interested in buying AMD, according to a new report with as of yet unnamed sources. Would a Microsoft owned AMD be good for the Industry?

Microsoft has no doubt got a lot to gain from purchasing AMD, as AMD does make the APUs used in Microsoft's current Gen console the Xbox One, it would also mean that Sony would need to pay Microsoft for every PS4 sold. Aside from the console market, Microsoft's acquisition of AMD would yield limited advantages, as Microsoft's hardware portfolio is limited to Windows Surface Tablets and not much else. 

  

Microsoft may be interested in buying AMD

 

Microsoft is primarily a software company, so Microsoft would have very limited use for AMD's server and other divisions as right now Microsoft would only require AMD's smaller SoC chips. A Microsoft which owns AMD would also face a new wave of Anti-trust investigations and other monopoly accusations. 

If AMD were owned by Microsoft, they would control the dominant x86 operating system and one of the 3 x86 chip makers, not that VIA really counts in today's marketplace. Owning both one of the largest x86 CPU makers and the most dominant x86 based operating system Microsoft would be in a position where they could easily design their OS to work better on AMD/ their own CPUs and GPUs, leaving the industry in a bad position. 

All in all I think Microsoft buying AMD would be a terrible idea, as no single company should control both the one of the largest x86 chip makes and control the dominant x86 operating system.

This is not the first rumor of a large company like Microsoft making plans of acquiring the chip giant AMD, with Qualcomm and Samsung already registering their interest in the company. All three companies have enough funds available to purchase AMD, which has a current market value of $2 Billion, with Microsoft having $93 Billion, Qualcomm having $12 Billion and Samsung having $66 Billion in their cash reserves. 

 

You can join the discussion on Microsoft's interest in purchasing AMD on the OC3D Forums.

 

 

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Posted by OC3D on Tuesday, 30 June 2015
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30-06-2015, 04:03:06

Thelosouvlakia
I think I mentioned this a couple of months ago!
Please do it Microsoft!Quote

30-06-2015, 04:23:35

Deceit
This would be a terrible thing for Linux users. It would probably turn the company more closed source like Nvidia also which would be bad for the industry.Quote

30-06-2015, 04:30:21

barnsley
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Originally Posted by Deceit View Post
This would be a terrible thing for Linux users. It would probably turn the company more closed source like Nvidia also which would be bad for the industry.
I dunno, they've been more open source friendly for a while now. Its still a very valid concern though.



This could go really badly. Its a good idea when you first think about it but knowing microsoft's history I doubt it'd be anything other than a train wreck.Quote

30-06-2015, 04:38:50

Deceit
With Satya Nadella its true they are becoming more open.I have to wonder though is it a preventative move to sort of block Steam moving to linux as they could easily make poor drivers support and gimp Vulcan on the gpu's which AMD actively helps improve at the moment (mantle).

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Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
I dunno, they've been more open source friendly for a while now. Its still a very valid concern though.



This could go really badly. Its a good idea when you first think about it but knowing microsoft's history I doubt it'd be anything other than a train wreck.
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30-06-2015, 04:58:12

Jbo1234
This would be very good news. AMD needs a huge cash injection and needs to be bought out by someone huge like Microsoft. It also would be really interesting to see a product in which every part - the chip to the OS is made by one company.Quote
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