Written by: Douglas A. Brown, MVP, CTP
Two weeks ago I wrote a follow-up article about my comments in a June 5th article where I stated I thought Microsoft would announce their intention to buy Citrix before and/or during VMware's VMworld virtualization conference. Of course we all know I was mistaken on the timeline, but am I really mistaken on the idea that Microsoft might just buy Citrix? To me and a few others, it seems that the deal might still just happen.
In an article released yesterday by The 451 Group, an analyst firm that covers the virtualization space, they state that their sources are telling them Microsoft would be willing to pay $36 dollars a share for Citrix. The 451 Group also stated that this is not a new rumor and that they last visited it in early April when they and other creditable sources announced that IBM and Cisco had their eyes on a Citrix acquisition.
What does this mean for us? I am not sure, but the rumor is still alive and it is not being spread by blogs and others who are far from "in the know" but by creditable analyst firms like The 451 Group. It just might still happen, not that I'm saying this is a good thing. We will have to wait and see. But you can be assured that I will be following this story closely and let you all know more as soon as I hear anything.
(Update: Since publication of the above article, The Wall Street Journal posted the following article to their site: Tiffany, Citrix Gain Focus As Buyout Rumors Return. I guess this is just more ammo for the Microsoft, Citrix deal... ;)