In Pictures: Microsoft products you may not know were acquisitions

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

Internet Explorer Microsoft had initially blown off the Internet revolution in the early 1990s before Bill Gates came to his senses. After falling well behind in the browser wars, the company jumpstarted its efforts with the license of NCSA's Mosaic browser from Spyglass, the company spun out of the NCSA to sell Mosaic licenses. It turned out to be a tangled deal, costing Microsoft a total of $10 million and giving Spyglass a look at the IE code for audit purposes. That ended with IE7.

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