In Pictures: Microsoft products you may not know were acquisitions

Microsoft usually makes small purchases, but occasionally those small purchases pay off huge.

Visio Visio shows how life can be for an entrepreneur in the tech industry. In 1984, Jeremy Jaech and Dave Walter co-founded one of the first desktop publishing firms, Aldus, inspired by the Macintosh. Aldus's PageMaker used Adobe PostScript technology and finally Adobe decided it needed a DTP package and bought Aldus in 1994.

Prior to that, in 1992, Jaech and Walter started a new company, called Visio. Again, they focused on visual design on the screen. In this case, Visio did flow charting, visual diagrams and layout designs. This time, Microsoft came calling and paid $1.5 billion in stock for Visio in 2001. Visio has since become a part of Office.

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