Microsoft has mentioned that its provide to purchase the US operations of vastly common video-sharing app TikTok has been rejected, paving the best way for Oracle to make a last-minute bid.
US President Donald Trump gave a 15 September deadline for the Chinese-owned app to promote or shut down.
The Trump administration claims TikTok and different Chinese apps are nationwide safety threats.
Microsoft and Oracle led the race to purchase TikTok from Chinese agency ByteDance.
The Wall Street Journal and Reuters have reported that Oracle had gained the bidding conflict, citing individuals accustomed to the matter.
A TikTok spokesperson advised the BBC the agency was “not commenting on both the Microsoft growth nor the Oracle hypothesis”.
On Sunday Microsoft introduced that “ByteDance tell us right this moment they might not be promoting TikTok’s US operations to Microsoft. We are assured our proposal would have been good for TikTok’s customers, whereas defending nationwide safety pursuits.”
“We stay up for seeing how the service evolves in these essential areas,” its assertion added.
This paves the best way for Oracle, who Mr Trump mentioned could be “an incredible firm” to take over TikTok’s US operations final month.
Oracle’s chairman Larry Ellison is a supporter of Mr Trump and held a fundraising occasion for him in February.