2015 Acquisitions Hint at Future Direction

Key acquisitions in 2015 shore up Microsoft's product portfolio in areas such as mobility, online services, big data, and security. Acquisitions can signal that Microsoft is buying technology where it sees a market it needs to enter quickly but can also indicate internal product development is falling behind competitors, a need to improve its talent pool or patent portfolio, or a move to discourage other companies from entering a market.

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