Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) gaming and entertainment ventures make up a relatively small component of its overall business. However, strength in content is increasingly an asset for some of tech's most influential players, and it presents a way to bolster the company's Windows platform and other key initiatives.    

Read on below to learn about five franchises that Microsoft will rely on as it aims to build its position in gaming.

The character Master Chief from Microsoft's Halo series.

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