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Microsoft (MSFT) has dissolved the joint venture it had with NBC, now owned by Comcast (CMCSA). It’s now free to build its own online news service, reports the Wall Street Journal.

That may be a good idea. While some Microsoft partnerships have gone well enough, others have sent stocks falling down a well.

For example, last year Microsoft partnered with Nokia to put its operating system on Nokia (NOK) handsets:

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MSFT data by YCharts

In July of 2009, Microsoft partnered with Yahoo (YHOO) to take on Google (GOOG).

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YHOO data by YCharts

It has a long-running alliance with Dell (DELL):

MSFT Chart

MSFT data by YCharts

More recently, Microsoft teamed up with Barnes & Noble (BKS). In April the bookseller said it will spin off its digital and college business, and Microsoft will invest $300 million in that venture.

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MSFT data by YCharts

Maybe Microsoft was meant to fly solo.

From the editors of YCharts.YCharts Pro Investor Service includes professional stock charts, stock ratings and portfolio strategies.

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