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 Visio diagramming software and intelligent drawing tools has been well integrated with other Microsoft applications such as Excel and SQL Server so it can tap data from them to create icons that fit in diagrams. The platform includes drawing tools and templates that fit many business-oriented tasks. The resulting diagrams can be used as part of presentations or posted to SharePoint where they can be viewed via browser. The plan was to make it part of Microsoft’s business productivity suite, but it never became part of the Microsoft Office bundle of applications.

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