Microsoft's €1.9 billion deal to purchase Minecraft last week is the latest in a string of outside-the-box acquisitions by tech giants. Following Google's purchase of home management hardware firm Nest last year and Facebook buying virtual gaming company Oculus VR, Microsoft has splashed out on a business not immediately associated with its core business.
''The acquisition raised some eyebrows but, from a strategic standpoint, I can see what Microsoft is trying to do. It's buying...
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