In Pictures: Microsoft’s 10 biggest buys

With Yammer the latest, here’s a look back at Microsoft’s high-takes investments

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Microsoft’s largest acquisition, Skype is on the verge of being integrated with the company’s Lync communications platform, which actually overlaps with Skype’s VoIP, video and conferencing technology. What Lync lacks is Skype’s popularity among consumers for its free or inexpensive calling that has attracted more than 200 million users. Skype has remained a relatively independent division of Microsoft, and continues to support other vendors’ products such as Android phones, iPhones, iPads and Sony’s PlayStation Vita. Microsoft has embedded Skype in its Windows Phone 8 operating system so incoming Skype calls appear as regular phone calls and can interface with features such as call waiting and voicemail.

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