In Pictures: Microsoft’s 10 biggest buys

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

When Microsoft bought aQuantive it had hopes to create a Web advertising platform that would power what CEO Steve Ballmer called at the time a thriving Microsoft advertising business. It has been absorbed into Microsoft’s Advertiser and Publisher Solutions group, where it connects advertisers with Microsoft properties BING, MSN, Skype, Windows Live and Xbox LIVE. After having trouble making a profit from the Avenue A/Razorfish ad agency that was part of aQuantive, Microsoft sold it off in 2009.

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