7 start-ups Microsoft should buy

What Redmond could achieve with a little shopping

Microsoft does plenty of innovation internally, but it also buys promising companies; products from PowerPoint to Halo started elsewhere.



Mary (Twitter, Google+, website) started her career at Future Publishing, saw the AOL meltdown first hand the first time around when she ran the AOL UK computing channel, and she's been a freelance tech writer for over a decade. She's used every version of Windows and Office released, and every smartphone too, but she's still looking for the perfect tablet. Yes, she really does have USB earrings.