Microsoft investments and acquisitions [InfoGraphic]

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Microsoft has come along way since the days of Windows 1.0 and even Windows 95. It wouldn't have been possible to grow so substantially without making some heavy investments and buying up the perfect startup companies.

Over the years, Microsoft has made some important investments including: Apple Computers, BestBuy, Nextel Communications, and many Internet service providers. Investments play a key role in startup companies to further expand their ideas and improve software and hardware systems everywhere.

Microsoft has also made a lot of bold and strategic acquisitions of companies, including: Hotmail, Groove Networks, Rare, and of course their latest takeover, Skype. One of Microsoft's bigger purchases in the last few months has been Skype; an Internet phone software company that provides free calling from computer-to-computer, and even supported mobile devices running Skype.

The InfoGraphic, provided by Ripetungi, show just how many investments and acquisitions Microsoft has made over the past decade. The motive behind any acquisition is to further your own products and integrate them into your existing software or hardware. It will be interesting over the next few months to see where Microsoft is headed with their latest Skype purchase.

You can view the full InfoGraphic here, but be warned it's a fairly large file (1.9MB).

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Interesting. Though it doesn't appear to show which is an investment and which is an acquisition? Or am I missing something?

M_Lyons10 said,
Interesting. Though it doesn't appear to show which is an investment and which is an acquisition? Or am I missing something?

Scroll down ?

M_Lyons10 said,
Interesting. Though it doesn't appear to show which is an investment and which is an acquisition? Or am I missing something?

There are two subheadings on the lists below.

Mkvos said,

Reminded me of the London Underground


Yeah, first thing I thought of when I saw that map was the London Underground.

CJ33 said,
Reminded me of the MBTA's (Boston) maps..
lol that is my exact thought... looks extremely like subway map... make me wonder if Microsoft trying to rule the subway

Well, Microsoft really grew organically over the years. Although buying a company sometimes jump started things, they almost never bought a mature product. Skype being an exception.

AtriusNY said,
Well, Microsoft really grew organically over the years. Although buying a company sometimes jump started things, they almost never bought a mature product. Skype being an exception.

That is a very good point.

AtriusNY said,
Well, Microsoft really grew organically over the years. Although buying a company sometimes jump started things, they almost never bought a mature product. Skype being an exception.

Softimage was quite mature when they purchased it. They never really did anything with it, though, before they sold it to Avid.