Microsoft’s software and services company is seeking to acquire the software company that made Microsoft Office so popular.

Microsoft is interested in buying software and technology company Ocala-based Software & Services (S&S) to help with its cloud strategy, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The person requested anonymity because the acquisition is private.

Microsoft would not comment on the matter, the person said.

The deal is valued at $2.5 billion, according a person with knowledge of the matter who requested anonymity.

The two companies merged in August 2016.

S&S has developed and released Office for Windows, and has also released other software, including Skype for Business and Exchange.

Microsoft has said it is expanding Office to other platforms.

The acquisition would help Microsoft keep up with the pace of growth in the cloud market and make its software more easily accessible to enterprise customers, the source said.