Redmond, Wash. (June 9, 2004) -- Microsoft Corp. made headlines this week when it revealed that was in merger talks with SAP AG.

The company confirmed that it initiated preliminary discussions with SAP AG late last year to explore the possibility of a merger. It said the talks ended a few months ago "due to the complexity of the potential transaction and subsequent integration," and noted that there are "no intentions" to resume the discussions.

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