"A few months ago, Microsoft ended these discussions due to the complexity of the potential transaction and subsequent integration. There are no intentions to resume these talks," Microsoft said in a statement.
Microsoft does not normally comment on discussions related to potential mergers and acquisitions. The company made an exception this time to pre-empt a surprise courtroom disclosure in the U.S. Justice Department lawsuit to block Oracle's takeover of PeopleSoft.
According to Microsoft, Oracle obtained confidential Microsoft documents relating to the Microsoft-SAP talks in the pretrial discovery process.
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