In Pictures: Microsoft products you may not know were acquisitions

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

FrontPage Today, most of us throw around HTML tags like it's nothing, but back in the early days of the Internet, coding an HTML page was about as arcane to most folks as C programming. So to get a jump on things, Microsoft bought FrontPage and its developer, Vermeer Technologies, in 1996.

FrontPage was initially bundled with Windows NT 4.0 Server, which came with a Web server, called Internet Information Services 2.0 (IIS). It would later be added to the Microsoft Office lineup with Office 97 and subsequently renamed FrontPage Server Extensions (FPSE). Microsoft discontinued Microsoft FrontPage in December 2006 but its replacement, Microsoft Expression, had been released one year earlier and was making headway as the Web page editor of choice.

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