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Microsoft acquires Xandr from AT&T

"Microsoft can accelerate the delivery of its digital advertising and retail media solutions"

Microsoft has acquired Xandr, the data-enabled technology platform from AT&T, for an undisclosed amount.

The telco had been looking to sell its global programmatic advertising marketplace for over a year, according to the Wall Street Journal. Microsoft said Xandr strategically complements its current advertising offerings and will help accelerate delivery of digital advertising and retail media solutions for the open web.

The companies noted that the agreement “builds on a decade-long relationship between Xandr, including its predecessor companies, and Microsoft for delivering global digital media solutions for advertisers.”

“Microsoft’s shared vision of empowering a free and open web and championing an open industry alternative via a global advertising marketplace makes it a great fit for Xandr,” said Xandr EVP and GM Mike Welch. “We look forward to using our innovative platform to help accelerate Microsoft’s digital advertising and retail media capabilities.”

“With Xandr’s talent and technology, Microsoft can accelerate the delivery of its digital advertising and retail media solutions, shaping tomorrow’s digital ad marketplace into one that respects consumer privacy preferences, understands publishers’ relationships with consumers and helps advertisers meet their goals,” added Mikhail Parakhin, president of web experiences at Microsoft.