greenbuttonMicrosoft has acquired GreenButton, a company based in New Zealand that develops technology for processing large amounts of data in the cloud. The Redmond company says it will integrate GreenButton’s solutions into its Azure cloud-computing platform.

The deal is notable in part because Microsoft’s M&A activities were in many ways put on hold during the transition from former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and the selection of new CEO Satya Nadella, according to insiders. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see a small wave of acquisitions by Microsoft in the weeks and months ahead.

Financial terms of the GreenButton acquisition weren’t disclosed. Microsoft says it will launch a new integration of GreenButton into Azure later this year, but in the meantime, GreenButton won’t be taking on new customers.

“These solutions are known in the industry for their ease of use,” said Mike Neil of Microsoft’s Azure team in a blog post announcing the deal. “Using GreenButton’s solutions, applications can be cloud-enabled quickly without recoding existing software – and without a PhD in computer science.”

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