It's certainly interesting to know, I mean in your infancy companies only want to acquire you because you have some technology they want to incorporate in their products or they see you as a threat. Either way, while it would of been interesting to see Dropbox under Apple; I'm kind of glad they didn't because Dropbox has grown a lot, it has an easy to use interface, it allows people to easily share files and it has 54 million users. Now what type of service can proclaim that to everyone else.
I don't know if these plans would work or not but the point is that these new companies are instant acquisition targets if they have some sort of working technology, and honestly I don't think buying out companies is the best way to acquire that; I mean just look at Jaiku, it went the way of the dinosaur. I don't know if Facebook would of thrived under Microsoft but by looking at their track record, I'm guessing it would of been another failed service Windows Live Home and something else entirely would of taken Facebook's place entirely, of course this can only happen in an alternate universe.
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I think one big thing missing in this article is that Apple released the iDisk in 2000, a 20 GB cloud based hard drive heavily integrated in it's OS, 7 years before Dropbox even started. It was essentially the same thing. Drop Box became big with the windows crowd because it was new to them and free.
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