Interesting Facts About Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation is an American public multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA that develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of products and services predominantly related to computing through its various product divisions. Here is list of some facts about this Great Company :-

1. Bill Gates initially wrote the company name as Micro-soft, which made sense considering it’s a portmanteau of “microcomputer” and “software.”

2. “Microsoft” was officially registered as a company in November, 1976 in New Mexico where Bill Gates and Paul Allen were working with their first major customer.

Bill Gates
 3. The Microsoft employee is known as “Softie”. The average salary of Develpor in Microsoft is $1,06,000

4. Pioneering musician BRIAN ENO was the musical brains behind Window 95′s start up tune, dubbed “The Microsoft Sound.”

5. Microsoft is not only a company of software development, but also the largest corporate ART COLLECTOR. The total number of works of art acquired by the company, is now around 5 thousand including painting, sculpture,multimedia art.

6. Microsoft currently employs 88,180 people. The male to female ratio is very high among Microsoft’s American employees with a staggering 76% male workforce.

7. Although not quite at Google‘s level of snack-tastic, free-for-all wonder, Microsoft does offer free drinks. Over 23 million gratis beverages are downed on the corporate campus each year.

8. Ever since the company’s first operating system, Microsoft has worked on its projects under codenames. Past codenames include “Longhorn,” “Lone Star,” and “Vienna.”

9. All companies have their little in-house traditions, and Microsoft is no exception. It seems it’s customary for Softies to celebrate their yearly employment anniversaries with candies etc.

Xenix Operating System
10. Microsoft has a reputation in the industry for asking off-beat, off-the-wall questions during its job interview. The most oft-quoted question is: “Why is a manhole cover round?

11. The first Operation System Microsoft coded was Xenix, which was a version of UNIX under a different name. But it was MS-DOS made for IBM PCs that gave it a foothold in the software market.

12. Bill Gates wrote a class scheduling program for his school. He tweaked the program’s code so that he was placed in classes with mostly female students.

13. Did you know that you can’t create a folder named "con" in Windows.

14. Ironically, Microsoft’s Macintosh Business Unit is one of the largest developers of Macintosh software outside of Apple Inc. Also, Microsoft Office for Mac was introduced for Macintosh in 1989, a year before Office was released for Windows.

15. The name of its search engine "Bing" has its origins in Bingo. Just like the game, it was meant to suggest that something looked for has been found or realized. "Bang" was also proposed because it was memorable, short, and easy to spell. Finally, Bing was chosen for the same reasons.