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Microsoft Corp has agreed to buy Nokia's handset business for $7.2 billion, but there is no guarantee that acquiring the fading cellphone pioneer will accelerate the PC-centric software company's lumbering move toward mobile computing. Over the past two decades Microsoft has spent billions of dollars buying or investing in scores of companies as a shortcut to obtain the technology or market presence it does not possess. But few of those deals have yielded great results.
|Factbox: Microsoft's Patchy Deal History|
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