Facebook today formally announced a long-rumored deal to acquire Microsoft’s Atlas Solutions division today and that its interest in the technology stack boils down to measurement.
Ad Age previously reported that Facebook had agreed to buy the ad-serving business, which Microsoft had busily been seeking a buyer for over the past six months. Microsoft has acknowledged that it’s looking to focus on developing the ad business for its owned and operated products like xBox and Windows 8, not on its ad tech.
The deal price was not disclosed, and the parties would only say that a “commercial agreement” will be put in place whereby Microsoft will continue to buy its own ads through Atlas. The price had been expected to be less than $100 million, based on prior bids for Atlas, which were in the $30 to $50 million range.