MarketWatch First Take: Salesforce and Google just spent billions on Big Data because of Microsoft

Two hefty acquisitions by Alphabet Inc. and Salesforce.com Inc. in the exploding arena of Big Data appear to be expensive moves to shore up their competitive stances against an older but wiser software behemoth, Microsoft Corp.

On Monday, Salesforce CRM, -5.26% said it would buy Tableau Software Inc. DATA, +33.70% , a business analytics software company, for $15.7 billion in stock, fueling a 34% jump in the shares of Tableau. That deal came just days after Alphabet Inc.’s GOOGL, +1.35%GOOG, +1.35% Google said it would spend $2.6 billion in cash to buy Looker, a startup business-analytics company.

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