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SAP Said to Conduct Informal Talks With MobileIron

SAP AG, Europe’s biggest software maker, approached MobileIron Inc. about a possible acquisition to expand in programs for smartphones and tablet computers, according to two people with direct knowledge of the matter.

Walldorf, Germany-based SAP met with closely held MobileIron about buying the company sometime from late February to early March, said the people, who declined to be named because the discussions were private. A senior SAP executive led informal talks, which are no longer active, one person said. Clarissa Horowitz, a spokeswoman for Mountain View, California-based MobileIron, said “we have never spoken to SAP.”