In Pictures: Microsoft products you may not know were acquisitions

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

MS-DOS When Intel introduced the 8086 processor (which it did not develop either, go figure), IBM planned to make a computer for it and originally contacted the creator of the CP/M OS, Gary Kildall. Gary's wife refused to sign an NDA with IBM to discuss a license deal, so IBM turned to Microsoft. Microsoft in turn bought the rights to the Quick-and-Dirty Operating System, or Q-DOS, from Seattle Computer Products, which was very CP/M-like. Microsoft didn't tell SCP about the IBM deal and managed to convince IBM to let it market MS-DOS separate from the PC. Now that's chutzpah.

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