10 Facts about Microsoft

Like it or not, Microsoft has shaped the way we use computers and interact with technology. We’ve all used it to simplify our daily lives – from word processing to operating our entire computer!

While some of these facts might be known to you, others might be surprising.

10 Interesting Facts about Microsoft

1. The name Microsoft comes from the blend of the words “Microcomputer software.”

2. The company was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4, 1975.

3. Windows was officially released on November 20, 1985.

4. Microsoft paid millions of dollars for it’s Windows ’95 ad campaign, using The Rolling Stones’ classic song “Start Me Up.” The Start button was a selling feature of the new operating system.

5. In 1990, Microsoft bundled Word and Excel into the Microsoft Office suite.

6. Internet Explorer was released on August 16, 1995, and was once the most used Internet Browser next to Netscape.

7. The XBox was released on November 15, 2001. This gaming console was competing against Sony’s Playstation and Nintendo’s Gamecube.

8. The first Microsoft Store opened in Scottsdale, Arizona, on October 22, 2009.

9. In December 1997, Microsoft bought Hotmail – an web-based email service. They transitioned to Outlook.com on July 31, 2012.

10. As of today, Bill Gates is the 4th riches person in the world.

Did you learn anything new?

This company has done a lot of stuff! From gaming to email to phone operating systems, MS has truly changed the way we work, learn and play.

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