Interesting Facts About Microsoft That Will Amaze You

Sushree Sangeeta Behera Sushree Sangeeta Behera
Jul 21, 2021 6 min read
Interesting Facts About Microsoft That Will Amaze You

The emergence of Microsoft upgraded the technical vision of human society. It helps to take a huge jump in the generation of computer and software technology. From the year it came into existence, 1974, to 2021 it grew more than 30times.

The revolutionary changes that Microsoft brought to this world, make it the world's biggest software company. There is a significant reason behind this huge success of Microsoft. They understand the needs of a user and provide something more.

Microsoft - Company Highlights

Company Name Microsoft
Headquarters Redmond, Washington, U.S.
Owner Bill Gates
Founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen
Founding Year 1974
Industry Computers and Software
Website www.microsoft.com

We shall be looking over the following details of Microsoft :

Microsoft - Logo Customization
Microsoft - First Smart Watch
Microsoft - From Micro-Soft to Microsoft
Microsoft - First to get an Offer to Buy YouTube
Microsoft - Mike Rowe Domain Registeration
Microsoft - Saved Apple in 1997
Microsoft - Plenty of Patents
Microsoft - First Hardware
Microsoft - Invented the First Tablet Computer
Microsoft - Bill Gates at the age of 31
Microsoft - Solitaire Game on PCs
Microsoft - The First version of Windows
Microsoft - An Interesting prediction of Bing
Microsoft - The Bob Domain Incident
Microsoft - Acquisition of Companies
Conclusion
FAQs

Microsoft - Logo Customization

Microsoft Logos
Microsoft Logos

In the year 1975, Bill Gates and Paul Allen designed the first logo of Microsoft. But the company didn't stick to that logo.

After that Microsoft changed its logo four more times. In 1980, 1982, 1987, and 2012, Microsoft came up with its logo for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th time respectively.

Microsoft interesting Facts

Microsoft - First Smart Watch

In the total periods of its existence, Microsoft proved that it is always ahead of time. The company launched some products which were supposed to come after 10 years.

This is the case with the first smart watch. Microsoft launched the first smart watch. Although it was not that popular at that time, the company succeeded in making something more futuristic.

Microsoft - From Micro-Soft to Microsoft

The company title of Microsoft was initially having a hyphen. The main goal is to create software for microprocessors. Which leads to coining it as Micro-Soft. This is what was collectively decided by the founder Bill Gates and the co-founder Paul Allen.


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Microsoft - First to get an Offer to Buy YouTube

The world's 2nd largest search engine, YouTube was first offered to Microsoft. In the beginning, it was worth $ 500 million when it was offered to Microsoft. But later Google paid double the amount to own YouTube.

Microsoft - Mike Rowe Domain Registeration

This is the incident of 2004 of a 17 years old boy named Mike Rowe. He registered the domain MikeRoweSoft.com, which caused a big controversy. Rowe was threatened by Microsoft to take down the domain name. The cheap deal offered by the boy brought down the image of the company. When the story went viral, the boy was paid back for the domain and hosting. He also got the chance to visit the headquarters and a lot more things were offered to him.

Microsoft - Saved Apple in 1997

The American multinational company Apple was once about to go bankrupt. Many things went wrong. The company fired Steve Jobs. The less strategic steps of the company lead them to a great loss.

The founder of Microsoft Bill Gates invested around $150 million to bring the company on track, even better than it's the previous graphs. Steve Jobs was also back in the company to re-join his position.

Microsoft - Plenty of Patents

The world's biggest software company has some interesting portfolio reports for their gigantic amount of patents. The company owns around 59000 patents of US and international. And more than thousands of patents are still pending. They are also registering thousands of patents every year.

Microsoft - First Hardware

Today, Microsoft is also known for some best quality hardware. But do you have any idea about the first-ever hardware Microsoft came up with?

It's a mouse. A simple mouse, which is used in PCs. Although it was an early prototype and had less use at that time. Later its use became crucial due to its accessibility.

Microsoft - Invented the First Tablet Computer

When we think about a tablet computer the first name that comes to our mind is Apple. The fact is not because Apple invented it, but the reason is its popularity.

The real inventor of the tablet computer was Microsoft. Although, so many companies tried their hand over tablet PCs. But after Apple in the year 2010, it flooded the market.

Microsoft - Bill Gates at the age of 31

Bill Gates started the company when he was 19 years old. Following that in the year 1987 at the age of 31, he became the youngest billionaire in the world. 12 years of dedication and hard work of Bill Gates took Microsoft to a great height. And crowned Bill with this title.

Microsoft - Solitaire Game on PCs

Anyone who has little experience with PCs must have seen the card game Solitaire. It has a very innovative intention behind putting that particular game. If you ever played that game you might know how to play it.

You need to drag and drop the perfect match of cards. The purpose behind the game is to teach people ' how to drag and drop'.


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Microsoft - The First version of Windows

Although Microsoft is known for so many things. The first thing that comes to our mind while thinking about Microsoft is Windows.

So when did the first version of Windows come? First version of Windows came in November 1985 named as Windows 1.0. It was a 16-bit system.


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Microsoft - An Interesting prediction of Bing

We all know that Microsoft also has a search engine named Bing. It is a very interesting prediction given by it.

The search engine gave the exact prediction that the 2014 world cup would be between Germany Vs Argentina.

Microsoft - The Bob Domain Incident

It was the case when Robert Kerstein registered the domain name 'Windows2000.com' in 1996. But then in 1998 Microsoft announced the company's next operating system Windows2000 without checking the trademark or ownership.

But Microsoft had the ownership of the domain name bob.com. Finally, they decided to exchange the domain name.

Microsoft - Acquisition of Companies

Microsoft is itself a huge company. Apart from this it also acquired a remarkable 225+ companies till now. The company has more than 100 companies that are based in the US. In the year 2014, the company purchased one of the biggest invested companies called Nokia worth around $8 billion.

Conclusion

Being a reputed company, Microsoft knows the tactics to be at the top. Putting its hand in different sectors like software, hardware, search engine, and gaming they always know the balance between all.

It's always a revolutionary story about how two college friends build the world's biggest software company. Although thousands of myths, criticism, and failure they faced. But ultimately what matters is how you ended. The big-name Microsoft always becomes the source of inspiration for small house companies.

FAQs

What was Microsoft earlier known as?

Microsoft was earlier known as Micro-Soft.

When was Microsoft launched?

Microsoft was launched on 4th April 1974.

What is the first hardware of Microsoft?

It is the simple mouse used in the PC.

How many companies Microsoft own?

Microsoft owned more than 225 companies till now.

What was the First version of Microsoft Windows?

First version of Microsoft Windows was named Windows 1.0. It was a 16-bit system.

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