LinkedIn, Skype and more: Microsoft's 10 biggest buys

Microsoft is known for having deep pockets, as it proved today when it announced it will buy social networking site LinkedIn for $26.2bn.

The purchase is the latest in a series of big bets Microsoft has made of late, ranging from shelling out $8.5bn for communications platform Skype to $7.2bn for Nokia's mobile phone business.

Here are Microsoft’s 10 biggest acquisitions, where the value has been made public.

LinkedIn - $26.2bn

The consensus seems to be that Microsoft wants LinkedIn’s data about professionals and recruiters, which should complement Microsoft’s own trove of email, calendar and other user details.

The deal should help Microsoft consolidate profiles for business users across apps and services. Microsoft has touted better prospect and customer information for Dynamics CRM and improved knowledge-management capabilities for Office 365 and Dynamics CRM and ERP.

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By Nick Heath

Nick Heath is a computer science student and was formerly a journalist at TechRepublic and ZDNet.