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Every Company Microsoft Ever Invested In [Infographic]

Microsoft Acquisition Subway Map Infographic

We all know that Microsoft was taken to court for possibly monopolizing several aspects of the software market by acquiring company after company that they were supposedly competing with on the market. This became one of the most news worthy court cases in the history of the computer industry, and when it was first brought to our attention, it dropped like a bomb. But the point here is not to bash Microsoft as a company, but to look at what companies Microsoft actually acquired before to further increase their dominance on the software market. It should be pointed out that it is of course not illegal to acquire companies in order to increase your market share; however, there are rules to follow which Microsoft was apparently breaking.

The fact that Microsoft has acquired over 264 companies throughout the years doesn’t exactly make them a small player on the market, but we already knew that. I find it very interesting and inspiring to look through what companies they have acquired since it gives me a deeper understanding, somewhat, to what they are up to over there. Even though Microsoft might not use the acquired company’s full technologies, buying a business is usually done just to obtain a core function or service which they want to incorporate into their own.

Of course we all knew that Microsoft had the cash to buy a lot of companies, and it falls right in line with how the business started with them buying the unfinished DOS operating system for $50,000, which then was labeled as the most profitable deal ever made. The number of companies acquired is just staggering, and I have a hard time comprehending the massive amount of technology that lies at Microsoft’s feet. Now if we could just get one of these infographics for Apple as well, and we could match them up to see in what areas Microsoft and Apple are really competing head on. Robin Richards (@ripetungi) certainly did an awesome job compiling this information and putting it together on this infographic.



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Microsoft Acquisition Subway Map Infographic

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Author: Richard Darell

Richard Darell is the founder and CEO of Bit Rebels, a multifaceted online news outlet that reports daily on the latest developments in technology, social media, design and everything geek. Today this media entity welcomes more than 2.5 million unique visitors per month and is considered the go to place for people in constant motion. As an Internet entrepreneur, he is dedicated to constantly trying to develop new ways to bring content faster and closer to the end user in a more streamlined way. His excitement for statistics has allowed him to further develop systems that continuously produce accurate and fast-paced analytics to better optimize the approach by which Bit Rebels presents news and content. His graphic design background has proven to be an important tool when designing new systems and features for Bit Rebels since the development of solid and stable code depends entirely on their structure and implemented procedures. Richard currently resides in Stockholm, Sweden and directs the Bit Rebels offices in both Stockholm and Atlanta. You can reach Richard at richard@bitrebels.com

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