Microsoft to acquire Xandr to accelerate delivery of digital advertising and retail media solutions

December 29, 2021

Today, Microsoft is announcing that we have entered an agreement to acquire XandrOpens in new window from AT&T. Xandr provides a data-enabled technology platform with tools that help power a diverse ecosystem connecting marketers and media owners through first-party, data-led advertising solutions across its network.

As the digital landscape evolves in a post-cookie world, Microsoft and Xandr together will help shape the digital ad marketplace of the future. One that respects consumer privacy preferences, understands publishers’ relationships with consumers and helps advertisers meet their goals. Microsoft and Xandr have a shared vision and complementary strengths to empower the open web, where everyone can thrive and do so in a way that is consistent with our commitmentOpens in new window to strong data governance and consumer privacy practicesOpens in new window.

With Xandr, Microsoft can accelerate the delivery of digital advertising solutions for the open web by combining Microsoft’s audience understanding, technology and global advertising customer base with Xandr’s large-scale, data-driven platforms for advertising. These include:

  • Improved activation and advertising results with Xandr’s cross-screen, first-party data-centered buying platform, Xandr InvestOpens in new window
  • Strengthened monetization for publishers through larger first-party data access and a full funnel marketing offering with Xandr MonetizeOpens in new window, which includes a leading video solution, empowering content and media owners to unlock the full value of their inventory
  • Increased advertiser and publisher value with Microsoft’s global native ad buying solution, the Microsoft Audience Network, by helping improve ad performance while providing access to global supply
  • Enhanced retail media solutions with PromoteIQOpens in new window for reaching audiences across the open web and improving the economic engine for retailers while enabling them to own their data and customer relationships
  • Accelerated Microsoft Customer Experience PlatformOpens in new window capabilities by enabling marketers to reach high-value prospects across the open web, further enhancing their ability to deliver reach and ROI through connected experience.

We greatly admire the work Xandr has done and look forward to our collective opportunity to make Microsoft the media partner of choice for the open web.

Closing of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions including regulatory review.

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