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Microsoft buying Salesforce called a terrible idea

Roger McNamee to MSFT: Don't buy Salesforce

It would be a terrible strategic mistake for Microsoft to acquire Salesforce, Roger McNamee, the co-founder of Elevation Partners, said on Wednesday.

"If I were a shareholder of Microsoft, I would be sending a note to the board of directors going, 'Please do not do this,' " McNamee said.

Salesforce, which has a market capitalization of $48.7 billion, is already too big. Microsoft should be building in house instead of acquiring a company such as Salesforce, said McNamee during CNBC's "Squawk Alley."

"They should be building things internally, and they have lots of opportunities to do that," said McNamee.

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Marc Benioff, chairman and chief executive officer of Inc. (left), speaks with Tony Prophet, vice president of Windows marketing at Microsoft Corp.
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To Microsoft, Salesforce's culture might be more appealing than the products.

Yet, since Microsoft isn't looking for a new CEO, the company is certain not to benefit from the culture built by Marc Benioff.

"I think in fact a large number of people would leave right away and they'd have all the products and the products would be of some value, but I don't think you can justify 50 or more billion dollars to acquire a company at that stage," said McNamee.