25 Interesting Facts About The History Of Microsoft And Its Rise To Domination

When it comes to large tech companies, there are few that have forged a reputation for themselves that is more ubiquitous than that of Microsoft. It’s everywhere. From mobile phones to video games to almost every personal computer in the world that doesn’t have “mac” in the name. There are very few people who don’t know or haven’t heard the name “Microsoft”. And while everybody knows it’s a computer company started by Bill Gates, one of the richest men in the world, few people know more than that. There is actually quite a bit of interesting history to this larger-than-life company. For example, do you know where the name actually came from? It’s supposed to be a portmanteau of “microcomputer” and “software”. It was started in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen and today it is the world’s largest software maker in terms of revenue. So, whether you are a fan of Microsoft products or you avoid them like the plague, it’s hard to get away from the effect that Bill Gates and his crew have had on the world as we know it. These are 25 interesting facts about the history of Microsoft and its rise to domination.

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The generic user outline used in Microsoft Outlook 2010 was actually Bill Gate's mugshot from when he got caught driving without a license

The generic user outline used in Microsoft Outlook 2010 was actually Bill Gate's mugshot from when he got caught driving without a licenseSource: wikipedia, Image: 9gag
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Charles Simonyi, the inventor of Microsoft Office, has paid nearly $30 million to visit the International Space Station...twice!

Charles Simonyi, the inventor of Microsoft Office, has paid nearly $30 million to visit the International Space Station...twice!Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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A guy named Bob was the first to buy the domain name "windows2000.com". Ironically, Microsoft owned "bob.com" so they worked out a deal.

A guy named Bob was the first to buy the domain name "windows2000.com". Ironically, Microsoft owned "bob.com" so they worked out a deal.Source: wikipedia
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For every Android device, Microsoft gets about $8 in royalties. In 2013 that worked out to nearly $3.5 billion

For every Android device, Microsoft gets about $8 in royalties. In 2013 that worked out to nearly $3.5 billionSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay

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Microsoft intentionally made msn.com look wrong on Opera browsers in order to push people to use Internet Explorer.

Microsoft intentionally made msn.com look wrong on Opera browsers in order to push people to use Internet Explorer.Source: wikipedia


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