Interesting facts about Microsoft

Everyone is aware about the software giant Microsoft. As a matter of fact, every educated man must have utilized their product once in their life. Without Microsoft, our world would have been a completely different place. The common idea of an office would have been different. Presently, Microsoft is the pioneer of the PC market. Their applications and OS is famous worldwide. Offices, schools, hospitals, ATMs everyone is utilizing their software. Microsoft stands as the world’s largest software producer and also the fourth most valuable company. Bill Gates and Paul Allen discovered the company back in 1975. Till then the brand has been the major player in the software market. Below are some interesting and unknown facts about Microsoft.

Interesting facts:

  • Before Microsoft:

Bill Gates and Paul Allen were working together with another company before Microsoft. When they were still young high-school students they started the Traf-O-Data. They together created a computer that managed to automatically process traffic-counting data without any problems.

  • Huge salaries:

There’s no doubt that Microsoft is a big company. And it must be paying a remarkable salary to its software engineers. But did you know the fact that some of the software engineers of Microsoft are gettig a starting salary of 106,000 USD?

  • The IQ of Bill Gates:

It is widely estimated that Bill Gates has a huge IQ of 160. In fact, this figure may be even higher while considering his high SAT scores.

  • Satya Nadella:

He is the current CEO of Microsoft. Above all, Satya Nadella is now recognized as the most powerful Indian-born tech executive.

  • The surface team:

This team has been working at a secret facility in Microsoft’s Studio building in Redmond. The research has been kept a top secret even from the regular Microsoft employees. They really don’t have any clue that what’s going on behind its doors. Many sources believe that the door might lead to some sort of underground bunker.

  • Something about MS word:

You must know the command to underline something in MS Word (Control + U). But did you know the fact that you can double underline a text by pressing Control + Shift + D?

  • Paul and Bill were hackers:

In their high-school days, they successfully have been cracking the security of Computer Center Corporation by a loophole. However, later that company hired them both to find more bugs in their system.

  • The name of the company:

However, Paul and Gates named the company as “Micro-soft” in 1975. But it was only 1981 when they successfully removed the hyphen from the name.

  • The software bob:

It was meant to be a user-friendly interface of Windows 3.1. However, it failed catastrophically. In fact, people have been regarding it as company’s biggest failure ever.

  • Microsoft has a huge number of patents:

Yes, they are the owner of more than 10,000 patents. Moreover, they usually file 3,000 patents every single year. That’s quite innovative! Isn’t it?

  • MS Word shortcut:

Do you want to change the date in MS word? Just press Alt+shift+D to change its dates automatically.

  • The first windows:

Microsoft had the intention to launch Windows 1.0 along with the name “Interface manager”. But later there was a change in the decision to name it to “Windows”. Mainly, because it was catchier to the users.

  • Windows XP:

Before the launch of the legendary Windows XP. Microsoft though of Oxygen to be the name of their latest OS.

  • The first virus in Windows:

Winver 1.4 was the first virus in Windows released on 1992.

  • Microsoft refused to buy YouTube:

In 2006, Microsoft had the golden opportunity to purchase YouTube for 500 million USD. However, later Google bought YouTube for 1.6 billion USD. Presently, it is the most famous video streaming website.

  • National medal:

George Bush in 1992 awarded Bill Gates with the National Medal mainly for technology and innovation.

 

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