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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Suspecious facts about Microsoft / you do not know

Everyone knows Microsoft. Without the Redmond, Wash. company, the world of 2013 would be a different place. Windows dominates the PC space, and few people—other than Apple fanboys—can imagine school or work without the benefit of Microsoft Office applications. Founded by then-students Bill Gates and Paul Allen in 1975, the firm is now the world’s largest software maker by revenue and the fourth-most valuable company on Earth.
Suspecious facts about Microsoft / you do not know

Suspicious facts about Microsoft 

But as well-acquainted as we are with Microsoft, there’s a lot most people will never know. Following are 23 Microsoft facts you probably didn’t know:

1. Before there was Microsoft, Gates and Allen started another business, Traf-O-Data, when they were still Seattle high-school students. The business produced a computer that automatically processed traffic-counting data.

2. The company’s software engineers, known to insiders as “softies,” earn a starting salary of $106,000.

3. Bill Gates has an IQ of approximately 160, although according to his SAT scores it may be as high as 170. Genius is determined by an IQ exceeding 140 on the Stanford Binet.

4. As  the new CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella is now the most powerful Indian-born tech executive in the world, according to Reuters.

5. Kinect—Microsoft’s motion-sensing X-box controller—actually scans users’ skeletons to identify players.

6. The Microsoft Surface team worked in secret behind the company’s Studio B building in Redmond. Many MS employees didn’t even know what was going on behind doors under the security guard. It’s rumored that the door leads to an underground bunker.

7. Not only does Word include the shortcut Control-U to create underlined text, but Control-Shift-D will double underline for extra emphasis.

8. After Gates and Allen cracked the security system of the Computer Center Corporation when they were still in high school, the company hired them to “find bugs and weaknesses” in its system.

9. Back in ’75 Gates and Allen actually named their company “Micro-soft,” before removing the
a hyphen in 1981.

10. Before marrying Microsoft’s then-CEO in 1994, Melinda Gates worked on the ill-fated software Bob, intended as a friendlier user interface for Windows 3.1. The program not only flopped, but it was also one of the company’s worst-ever product failures.

11. Microsoft files approximately 3,000 patents every year and owns more than 10,000.

12. Gates and Allen originally founded Microsoft to develop and sell BASIC interpreters for the Altair 8800 computer. Its first customer was Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems, which bought the Altair BASIC program.

13. The shortcut Alt-Shift-D will place the date automatically in MS Word.

14. The Flight Code for one of the planes that struck the Twin Towers on 9/11 was Q33. Type the code into a Word document and change the font to Wingdings to see a creepy sequence.

15. Windows 1.0 was originally scheduled to launch under the name “Interface Manager” until marketing stepped in claiming “Windows” was catchier.

16. Oxygen was considered as a possible name for Windows XP, as in Windows O2.

17. Microsoft’s research division employs 850 Pd.D.s who have researched and produced 5,100 peer-reviewed papers in 55 different areas of study.

18. Microsoft didn’t have its own Web site until 1993 when it took over a Compuserve forum designed for support resources.

19. Bill Gates’ favorite band is U2, and he’s anxious for Spinal Tap to go back on tour.

20. If the text “=rand.old()” is  typed into Word followed by the Enter the key, it transforms into 18 stanzas of “The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog.”

21. Reinforcing his genius, Bill Gates pulled Microsoft out of a deal that would have acquired SEGA because he felt the gaming company couldn’t compete with Sony.

22. The first Windows virus, WinVer 1.4, hit machines in 1992.

23. Microsoft doesn’t sell software. The firm licenses its software, retaining full ownership rights. Buyers of the software must pay Microsoft for the right to use it, a system developed by Bill Gates in 1976.

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