7 familiar Microsoft technologies you didn’t know Microsoft bought

Not many people are aware that some of the familiar technologies of Microsoft were actually bought by the organization. Check out seven of the familiar technologies that Microsoft has indeed bought.

The acquisition strategy of each and every company varies. Microsoft perform strategic, small acquisitions of companies that provide them what comes down to a piece or a component of the bigger puzzle. When Microsoft makes the strategic buys, it has handsomely paid off. While many may not realize it, some of the most-used products of Microsoft were bought out.


Microsoft is an US public multinational corporation, which is headquartered in Redmond, Washington. The company develops, licenses, manufactures and supports a range of products as well as services that are predominantly related to computing via its different product divisions. Microsoft was established on April 4, 1975 to create and sell BASIC interpreters for the Altair 8800. It grew to dominate the home computer systems. Furthermore, it also dominated the office suite market with Microsoft Office. Over the years, there are numerous technologies that people did not realize that Microsoft bought. Some of these familiar technologies include the following.

Microsoft Technologies


  1. MS DOS. When Intel introduced the 8086 processor, IBM planned don making a computer for it and contacted the creator of the CP/M OS originally, Gary Kidall. Kidall’s wife refused to sign an NDA with IBM to talk about a licensing deal, thus IBM turned to Microsoft. In turn, Microsoft bought the rights to the Quick-and-Dirty operating system, or the Q-Dos that was very CP/M-like. From Seattle Computer Products, Microsoft did not tell SCP regarding the IBM deal and has managed to convince IBM to allow it to market MS-DOS separate from the personal computer.
  2. FRONT PAGE. Nowadays, most people throw around HTML tags as if it’s nothing. However, back in the early days of the web, coding an HTML page was about as acrane to most people as C Programming. That is why, to get a jump on things, Microsoft bought FrontPage and the developer, Vermeer Technologies in the year 1996. Initially, it was bundled with Windows NT 4.0 Server that came with a web server named Internet Information Services 2.0-. Later, it would be added to the Microsoft Office lineup with Office 97 and renamed subsequently FrontPage Server Extensions. Microsoft stopped it in December 2006 but the replacement, Microsoft Expression was released a year earlier and was making headway as the preferred Web page editor.
  3. POWERPOINT. Designed originally for Macintosh under the name ‘Presenter; the software was renamed to PowerPoint because of a trademark issue. The developer, Robert Gaskins managed to release the three versions in short order before Microsoft called in August 1987 and bought it for $14 million. PowerPoint became the Graphics Business Unit of Microsoft and eventually became an integral part of Microsoft Office that first appeared in 1992.
  4. HOTMAIL. The purchase of Hotmail is another example of Microsoft jumpstarting its internet business. It was then rendered as HoTMail in 1997 and was bought for $400 million. It was one of the first web-based mail services, together with Yahoo Mail, which also was an acquisition. Microsoft renamed the service MSN Hotmail. It was surpassed by Google Mail and after falling to misuse and decay, Hotmail became a home for spammers in 2011. Microsoft whipped the service into shape, but the reputation was tarnished at that point. Additionally, Microsoft had a second mail service, Windows Live Mail, thus it merged Live Mail and Hotmail into a single new brand, Outlook.com.
  5. VISIO. Visio showcases how life could be for an entrepreneur in the technology industry. During 1984, Jeremy Jaech and Dave Walter co-founded one of the first desktop publishing companies Aldus, inspired by Macintosh. Aldu’s PageMaker utilized Adobe PostScript technology and Adobe finally decided it required a DTP package and purchased Aldus in 1994. Before that in 1992, Jaech and Walter begun a new company that’s called Visio. Again, the concentrated on visual design on the screen in this case. Visio did flow visual diagrams, charting and layout designs. This time, Microsoft came to call and paid $1.5 billion in stock for Visio in the year 2001. Since then, Visio has become a part of Office.
  6. INTERNET EXPLORER. Initially, Microsoft had blown off the internet revolution during the early 90’s before Bill Gates came to his senses. After falling way behind in the browser competition, the company jumpstarted its efforts with the NCSA’s Mosaic browser license from Spyglass. The company got out of the NCSA to sell licenses for Mosaic. It turned out to be a deal that’s tangled, which cost Microsoft $10 million and providing Spyglass a look at the IE code for purposes of audit, which ended with IE7.
  7. GIANT ANTISPYWARE. Once upon a time, GIANT Antispyware was a competitor of Webroot in eliminating the new spyware software category, which, unlike viruses, hid on the computer and look for particular keystrokes, like the login and password to the online bank account. In 2004, Microsoft bought GIANT and renamed it Microsoft AntiSpyware before renaming to Windows Defender, a year later. Eventually, it would be superseded by Microsoft Security Essentials that broadened the coverage level and protection beyond simply spyware.

Microsoft has indeed stepped up its shopping habits in 2014. Through the years and at present, it does not show signs of slowing down.

Read more: http://www.infoworld.com/article/2606625/applications/116047-Microsoft-products-you-may-not-know-were-acquisitions.html


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