Yesterday, rumors surfaced that Microsoft was in talks to acquire SAP. The news bumped SAP’s shares up, and notched Microsoft’s down.
Of course, in 2004, the antitrust case surrounding Oracle’s acquisition of PeopleSoft revealed that SAP and Microsoft had briefly and unsuccessfully talked about merging.
As luck would have it, SAP CEO Henning Kagermann was in Boston today for the SAP Influencer Summit to give a keynote and hold a press conference. When asked, point blank, whether SAP and Microsoft had discussions about a possible acquisition, Kagermann responded with a quick, definitive “no.”
So, this time it appears the rumor was just that.