I am interviewing people for stories on how M&A played key roles in the success of many companies. From Microsoft need a system for IBM to Google/Facebook dominating ads by acquisitions.
GOOGLE / Alphabet
MICROSOFT – Day one acquisition (kinda):
Microsoft founder could not develop fast enough a system for IBM, so the acquired a company for its DOS software.
-DOS had a command structure and application programming interface that imitated that of Digital Research‘s CP/M operating system, which made it easy to port programs from the latter. The system was licensed and then purchased by Microsoft and developed further as MS-DOS and PC DOS. Source: https://www.msx.org/wiki/The_History_of_MSX-DOS