Microsoft has become one of the world’s biggest companies over the years. However, despite all the time Microsoft has spent in the spotlight, there are still some things that many people don’t know. Here, MusicSnake Magazine presents our list of ten interesting facts you didn’t know about Microsoft.
Before There Was Microsoft, There Was Traf-O-Data. The founders of Microsoft are Bill Gates and Paul Allen, but before they made Microsoft, they made Traf-O-Data – a business that produced a computer to process data surrounding web traffic.
Microsoft was offered YouTube first
Before the world-changing partnership between Google and YouTube emerged, Microsoft was actually offered the acquisition for a mere 500 million dollars, nearly half of what Google ended up paying.
There’s a Shortcut to Underline Something Twice. You might be familiar with the “Ctrl-U” shortcut to underline something once, but did you know that pressing “Ctrl-Shift-D” will underline something twice? Now you do!
The M&Ms Tradition. The people at Microsoft must have a sweet tooth, because a tradition throughout the company is for employees to bring a pound of M&Ms into work on the anniversary of their hire date. On the second anniversary of their hire date, employees are supposed to bring two pounds of M&Ms into work, and so on. If Bill Gates follows that tradition, he would need to bring forty pounds of M&Ms to work with him.
Bill Gates Is a Genius. Gates’ IQ is believed to be 160, although some experts have estimated it’s 170. An IQ higher than 140 qualifies someone as a genius, so clearly, Gates fits the bill.
Microsoft wasn’t originally called Microsoft
Microsoft was originally a hyphenated word. Micro-Soft was the original name, which was created by Bill Gates’ partner Paul Allen. Allen came up with Micro-Soft at a club that Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak attended as well. The reason Allen fell in love with the name was because of the microprocessor that had just been released – he wanted to create software for it. “Software for Microprocessors” became the goal of the company, so by using a play on words, Microsoft came to be.
Melinda Gates Worked on One of Microsoft’s Worst Products Before Marrying Bill. Before she married Bill Gates, Melinda actually worked on software called Bob, which was designed to be a user-friendly interface for Windows 3.1. However, it ended up failing miserably.
Employees call themselves “Softies.” Softies are what the average employees call themselves, and sadly their demographics are primarily middle-aged, male developers who get paid six-figure salaries. With nearly 90,000 employees, the average male to female ratio is very upsetting, with 76% of employees being male.
Microsoft Office Was Designed for Macintosh
The first version of Microsoft Office wasn’t designed for Windows – it was originally designed and released in 1989 for the Macintosh.
The Mike Rowe Lawsuit. Yes, many companies will quickly jump on people for copyright infringement, but the company went too far in 2004. A seventeen-year-old boy named Mike Rowe thought it would be clever to make a domain named MikeRoweSoft.com, which made Microsoft angry; the company actually threatened to sue if Rowe did not take the site down. Rowe asked for a settlement if he was being forced to take it down, and they offered him ten dollars, making them seem like even worse people. With the company in bad limelight, the company reimbursed Rowe and offered him a visit to the company headquarters, free Microsoft training, and an Xbox with a selection of games.