Microsoft using Apple mad money to finance Xbox division? (fun with idle speculation)

by: Chuck -
Every year there are a rash of stories about how Microsoft is losing two tons of money on their Xbox division and then people wonder how long Microsoft can continue to pump money into a money losing division.  Most people speculate that the vast sums of money that Microsoft makes off of their Office and Operating Systems divisions help keep the games division afloat until it can turn a profit

I used to believe that until I read this article about how Microsoft's $150M investment in Apple way back in 1997 has turned into a $18.1 billion dollar windfall. I admit that this is a major stretch of the imagination but it does put things into perspective doesn't it? 
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