Saturday, November 8, 2008

Microsoft: More Than Just an Operating System

Some years ago, MS had purchased one of the largest archive companies in the world and I went a searching for that information, but I got distracted by that search and it segued into what companies does MS own? I came across the following information from various sources, and it was compiled back in the middle of 2007.

Not sure how the list looks now, but Bill Gates is definitely planning for the future with Microsoft much like Warren Buffet has done with Berkshire Hathaway. Since they're buds, I'm thinking that someday, Bill realizes MS just ain't gonna be what it was, so always have a plan B.

This is a big plan B.


Companies Microsoft Owns:

Since 1994, MS has acquired:
* Access Software (1999)
* ActiveViews (2004)
* aha! Software (1996)
* Altamira (1994)
* Aspect Software Engineering (1996)
* Blue Ribbon SoundWorks Ltd. (1995)
* Bruce Artwick Organization Ltd (1995)
* Bungie Software (2000)
* Colusa Software (1996)
* CompareNet (1999)
* Connectix Corp. (2003)
* Consumers Software Inc. (1991)
* Cooper & Peters (1997)
* Dare to Dream Intertainment (1995)
* Design Intelligence (2001)
* Digital Anvil (2000)
* Dimension X (1997)
* Driveoff.Com (2000)
* Electric Gravity Inc. (1996)
* Ensemble Studios Corp (2001)
* Entropic Inc. (UK, 1999)
* eShop Inc. (1996)
* EXOS Inc. (1996)
* FASA Studio (1999)
* Firefly Network (1998)
* Flash Communications (1998)
* Forethought Inc.(1987)
* FolderShare (2005)
* FrontBridge Technologies (2005)
* GIANT Company Software Inc. (2004)
* Great Plains Software (2000)
* Groove Networks Inc (2005)
* Hotmail (1997)
* Interoperability Technology, Expertise from Netwise Inc. (1995)
* Intersé (1997)
* Jump Networks (1999)
* LinkAge Software (1997)
* LinkExchange (1998)
* Lionhead Studios (UK, 2006)
* The MESA Group (1998)
* MongoMusic Inc. (2000)
* Navision (Denmark) (2002)
* NCompass Labs (2001)
* NetCarta (1996)
* NetGames USA (2000)
* NextBase (UK, 1994)
* OmniBrowse (1999)
* One Tree Software (1994)
* Onfolio Inc (2006)
* Pacific Microsonics Inc (2000)
* Panorama Software (1996)
* Peach Networks (Israel, 2000)
* PlaceWare Inc (2003)
* Rare Ltd. (UK, 2002)
* RenderMorphics Ltd (UK, 1995)
* ResNova Software (1996)
* Sendit (Sweden, 1999)
* ShadowFactor (Canada, 1999)
* SNMP Technology From Network Managers (UK, 1995)
* SOFTIMAGE (1994)
* Softway Systems (1999)
* STNC (UK, 1999)
* Sybari (2005)
* Teleo (2005)
* Valence Research (1998)
* Vermeer Technologies Inc. (1996)
* Vicinity Corporation (2002)
* Visio Corporation (1999)
* Vxtreme (1997)
* WebAppoint (2000)
* WebTV Networks Inc (1997)
* Xdegrees Inc (2002)
* ZOOMIT (1999)

Here are the companies that Microsoft has invested in:
* @Home Solutions (1999)
* Accel Partners (1998)
* Akamai Technologies Inc. (1999)
* Ameranth (2000)
* American City Business Journals (2001)
* Amicore (2001)
* Apple Computer Inc (1997)
* Ardent Communications Inc. (2000)
* Asia Global Crossing Ltd. (1999)
* AT&T (1999)
* Audible (1999, 2001)
* Avanade (2000)
* Avid Technology Inc (1998)
* Banyan Systems (1999)
* BayStar Capital (2003)
* Best Buy (1999)
* Big Huge Games (2000)
* Borland (1999)
* Black Entertainment Television (BET) (1996)
* Blackboard Inc. (2001)
* Blixer (Italy, 2000)
* BroadBand Office Inc (2000)
* Bungie Studios (2000)
* CareerBuilder (1999)
* Chyron Corporation (2000)
* CMG Plc (UK, 1996)
* CMGI Inc (1998)
* Comcast Corporation (1997)
* Commerce One Inc (2001)
* CommTouch Software Inc (1999)
* CommVault Systems Inc (2000)
* CompUSA Inc (2000)
* Concentric Network Corporation (1999)
* ContentGuard (2000)
* Corel Corporation (Canada, 2000)
* Corio Inc (2000)
* CPA2Biz (2001)
* CSI, Inc (2000)
* Data Return LLC (1999)
* Dialogic (1999)
* Digital Anvil (1997)
* Digital Entertainment Network (DEN) (1999)
* Digital Equipment Corp (1995)
* Digital Island (2000)
* Digital Sound Corporation (1997)
* DiscoverMusic.com (1999)
* DreamWorks SKG (1995)
* DSL.net Inc (1999)
* eFusion (1997)
* eLabor (2000)
* Encompys (2001)
* ENDFORCE Inc (2002)
* Entex (1996)
* Equinix Inc (1999)
* Evoke Software Corp (2000)
* Expedia.com (1999)
* Extreme Logic (2001)
* FairMarket Inc (1999)
* First Data Corporation (1997)
* FutureLink Corporation (2000)
* General Magic (1998)
* GigaMedia Ltd (Taiwan, 1999)
* Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd (Israel, 2000)
* Google (2004)
* Groove Networks Inc (2001)
* Helicon Publishing Group PLC (UK, 1996)
* Hitachi Ltd (Japan, 2000)
* HomeAdvisor Technologies (2000)
* Hutchison Global Crossing Ltd (Hong Kong) (2000)
* i-Deal (2001)
* Immersion Corporation (2003)
* Individual Inc (1995)
* Infolibria Inc (2001)
* Interland Inc (2000)
* Interliant (2000)
* Intertainer (2000)
* ITRAN Communications Ltd (Israel, 2000)
* Jato Communications (2000)
* Keen.com (1999)
* Korea Thrunet Co. Ltd (1999)
* KT Corporation (Korea) (2001)
* Lernout & Hauspie (Belgium, 1997)
* MEASAT Broadcast Network Systems (Malaysia, 2000)
* MediaWave Inc (UK, 2001)
* MyPlant.com (2000)
* Navitel Communications Inc (1997)
* NBC Television Network (1995)
* Net Serviços de Comunicação S.A (Brazil, 1999)
* Nextel Communications Inc (1999)
* NorthPoint Communications Group Inc (1999)
* Novell, Inc (2006)
* NTL Inc (UK, 1999)
* OpenPort (1998)
* Plural Inc (2000)
* Pluto Technologies (Norway, 1998)
* Portugal Telecom, SGPS, S.A. (1999)
* Proginet Corporation (1996)- sold circa 2002
* Qwest Communications (1998)
* Radiant Systems (2000)
* RadioShack Corporation (1999)
* RealNames (2000)
* RealNetworks (1997)
* Reciprocal Inc (1999)
* Reservation Works LLC (1998)
* Rhythms NetConnections Inc (1999)
* Road Runner (1998)
* Rogers Communications (Canada) (1999)
* SCO (Santa Cruz Operation)
* SeaChange International (2000)
* Sendo Holdings PLC (UK, 2001)
* SingleTrac Entertainment Technologies (1996)
* SkyTel (1996)
* SMART LLC (Mexico, 2001)
* SRS Labs (2000)
* Stamps.com Inc (1997)
* Tandem (1996)
* TCI International Inc (1994)
* Telecom New Zealand (2001)
* Telewest Group Inc 22.9% (2000 [1] - 2003[2])
* Grupo Televisa, S.A. — A Mexican television company
* Teligent Inc (1999)
* Telmex (Mexico, 1999)
* ThingWorld.com (1999)
* Ticketmaster (1999)
* TITUS Communications (Japan, 2000)
* TRADOS Incorporated (1997)
* Tut Systems Inc (1998)
* UGC Europe (1999)
* UnitedGlobalCom Inc (1999)
* Usinternetworking Inc (2000)
* USWeb (1999)
* UUNET (1995, Divested)
* Vanstar(1995)
* VDOnet (1996)
* VenturCom (2000)
* VeriSign (1996)
* VerticalNet (2000)
* Wang (1995)
* WebMD (1999)
* Wildfire Communications (1997)
* Wink Communications (1999)
* WirelessKnowledge (1998)
* Yam Digital Technology (Taiwan, 2000)

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