Some Surprising Facts About Microsoft

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Some Surprising Facts About Microsoft

Postby Tobi » Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:26 pm

Microsoft, the land of the technological development, the first light bulb to spark when one thinks of anything computing. They were one of the forerunners for modern computing and are still there now. from operating systems to word processing suites, Microsoft really do know their game. Here we are going to look at some facts about this wonderful company
  • Microsoft first major deal was with IBM for their new computer's operating system in 1980 which the company named PC DOS, the deal was a whooping $50,000
  • November 1985 saw the first release of Microsoft Windows Windows 1.0, a 16-bit system
  • Bill gates was officially the youngest billionaire when he reached this astounding feat in 1987 at a humble age of 31
  • Gates famous property Xanadu 2.0 is supposedly worth a staggering $123million as of 2017
  • the renowned windows jingle recognized across the world was created for Windows 95 and was designed by Musician Brian Eno
  • Workers at Microsoft Bring 1lb of M&Ms in to celebrate their time at the company on their anniversary for each year of employment. So if you work there for 10 years, 10lb of chocolate!
  • Microsoft created the first smartwatch in 1994 with the Datalink 150. The watch co-produced by Timex required a PC running Windows 3.1 and over and was water resistant to 100meters, much more than any PC at the time
  • The X in Xbox comes from Windows Direct X software that the OS uses for processing graphics
  • The current Microsoft logo uses the O.S word font Segoe alonside the familiar four colored squares
  • Microsoft HQ has 35 cafeterias with free candy and drinks for its employees with breakfast being served until 2pm. One cafe, the Cafe Redwest boasts an impressive 2,000 visitors a day
  • Microsoft employee's gender balance is at almost 3/4 to female according to one list in 2015, the average software engineer gets $106,000
  • The 10000th patent Microsoft acquired was for the Microsoft Surface, the revolutionary laptop device
  • The hyphen in the company name Micro-Soft was removed after a decision was made in 1981
  • The Microsoft Mouse was Microsoft's first delve into the world of peripheral mice. The device released in 1983 came with any purchase of microsoft word
  • Sonoma Mountain California was the location of the most famous windows desktop backgrounds, the field with the blue sky or "Bliss" to give its official name the photo was taken in 1996
  • To keep up with google, Microsoft has an army of very virile rabbits wandering around its corporate campus after a load was dumped many years ago
  • The arrest photo of gates actually forms the outline for the default picture option in outlook 2010
  • In 2014 Bing, the Microsoft search engine accurately predicted that the world cup final will be Argentina vs Germany
  • Microsoft only have an estimated 25% of the stores worldwide when compared to their biggest competitors Apple
  • In 1992 the first ever windows virus became prevalent WinVer 1.4 but the virus was not the first PC ever, this came much earlier in 1986
  • Microsoft Encyclopedia Software; Encarta was discontinued in 2009,it was code named Gandalf and its demise is often accounted to Wikipedia
  • Microsoft has acquired an impressive 190+ companies in its lifespan to date including Nokia which was purchased for almost $8billion in 2014
  • Windows XP was officially released back in 2001. Microsoft ended their support XP back in 2014, but still roughly 30% of all PC's still use windows XP
Source: TheFactSite

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