Microsoft Buying Golf Software Co.
SEATTLE (AP) _ Microsoft Corp. will buy Access Software, the leading maker of golf games for personal computers and the company that helped develop Microsoft’s own golf software.
Access, a privately held Salt Lake City company, makes Links LS and related golf games, the best-selling PC golf line in both units and dollars since 1992. The purchase price was not disclosed.
``They’re the undisputed kings of computer golf,″ said Ed Fries, general manager of the Microsoft Games Group.
In addition to Links LS, other Access titles include Links Extreme, the Phoenix of Japan Add-On Course, the U.S. Open at Pinehurst and the 5-Course Libraries Volumes 1-4. It also makes the Tex Murphy series of adventure software.
Microsoft hired Access in 1992 to develop its own golf game, Microsoft Golf.
For several years, Access’ products were aimed at computers running the DOS operating system, while Microsoft’s golf game was made for Windows computers. The companies parted ways in 1996 when Access began developing a Windows golf game that made it a direct competitor.