Oct 8, 2018 - Technology

Microsoft invests in Southeast Asian ride-hailing company Grab

Photo of woman holding smartphone with Grab ride-hailing app.

Woman using the Grab app on an iPhone in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Godong/UIG via Getty Images

Microsoft is investing an undisclosed amount in Southeast Asian ride-hailing company Grab as part of a deal that includes the latter's move to Microsoft's Azure cloud services and collaboration on new technology.

Why it matters: Grab is on track to raise several billions of dollars this year, including $1 billion from Toyota and a reported $500 million from SoftBank. Grab's partnership with Microsoft is also sure to help the company with its ambitions to provide payment services and other online products to its customers.

Correction: The story has been corrected to remove a reference to the FT's report of $200 million as sources have disputed the figure.

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