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+ The Microsoft Empire: Roots and All
January 1999 - Exclusive "Microsoft Empire" Report Reveals Redmond's $4B Money Trail. Newsletter publisher G2 Computer Intelligence has produced the most complete and most accurate chart on Microsoft's almost 100 acquisitions and investments that's ever been made publicly available. Included are the details of the more than $4 billion Microsoft has spent to buy technology, people and companies, a compilation never before seen outside of Microsoft HQ in Redmond. The report, lists the acquisitions, investments, joint ventures and deals Microsoft has made over the past two decades - deals that have resulted in its becoming the dominant software company in the world.

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