Looking like a fantastically complex version of the London Underground map, this information rich graphic details the many acquisitions and investments of the behemoth Microsoft corporation. At first glance it is quickly apparent that the multi-faceted company has its hands in just about every sector of business, and with the recent $8.5 billion purchase of Skype, their influence is only expanding.
This map is the third in a series by meticulous and very creative designer Ripetungi. Like his smaller Google and Ebay tube maps he broke the companies down into their different industries and then put overlapping stations where two industries meet. Not surprising considering the astounding diversity of Microsoft, Ripetungi says “It was the most hair pulling exercise I have undertaken, however totally rewarding when it came together.”
Click here or the image below for a full sized view of the very large map: