- #1 Microsoft didn't make MS-DOS their original operating system. They licensed the software for 86-DOS (aka Quick and Dirty DOS) from Seattle Computer Products, reworked it, and then renamed it.
- #2 Microsoft is involved in near-continual battles. A large portion of their legal woes for the last decade centered around monopoly-like business practiles that illegally blocked competition.
- #3 At Microsoft, they like to mix business with pleasure: 1) Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder, was a childhood friend of Bill Gates; 2) founder Bill Gates married Microsoft employee Melinda French; 3) Steve Ballmer,
the current Microsoft CEO, was a Harvard classmate of Bill Gates. Hew was Microsoft's 24th employee.
- #4 Chujqamdupe, a hacker, published attack codes after Microsoft refused to credit him for finding software vulnerabilities. Microsoft usually credits hackers by their online handle, but "chujqamdupe" is a sexually explicit
in Polish, and Microsoft was uncomfortable with the graphic name.
- #5 Microsoft's net income & revenue. Measured in billions (Keys: Net income; Net revenue): 1) 2001: Net income - $25.3 billion; Net revenue - $7.35 billion; 2) 2002: Net income - $28.37 billion; Net revenue - $5.35
billion; 3) 2003: Net income - $32.19 billion; Net revenue - $7.53 billion; 4) 2004: Net income - $36.84 billion; Net revenue - $8.17 billion; 5) 2005: Net income - $39.79 billion; Net revenue - $12.25 billion;
6) 2006: Net income - $44.28 billion; Net revenue - $12.6 billion; 7) 2007: Net income - $51.12 billion; Net revenue - $14.07 billion; 8) 2008: Net income - $60.42 billion; Net revenue - $17.68 billion;
9) 2009: Net income - $58.44 billion; Net revenue - $14.57 billion; 10) 2010: Net income - $62.48 billion; Net revenue - $18.76 billion.
- #6 Microsoft was originally called Micro-soft: 1) They removed the hyphen in 1976; 2) Microsoft is a combination of the word "microcomputer" and "software".
- #7 Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard to found Microsoft. Current SEO Steve Ballmer finished Harvard, but dropped out of Stanford, where he was attending graduate school, in order to join Microsoft.
- #8 Microsoft total revenue it's first year: $16.000. In 1989. just four years later, it was making $1 million: 1) Year 1 - $16.000; 2) Year 5 - $1.000.000.
- #9 Windows was originally called "Interface Manager". Fortunately the marketing department steed in.
- #10 WinVer 1.4, the first Windows virus, was unleashed in 1992.
- #11 Jim Allchin, a former Microsoft executive who retired the day Windows Vista was released to the public, felt that Microsoft lost its way with Windows Vista. He claimed he would purchase a Mac if he didn't
work for Microsoft.
- #12 Microsoft made Bill Gates a billionaire by age 31. he was knighted by the Queen of England in 2005.
- #13 2009 was the first time in 23 years that Microsoft reported a quarterly drop in revenue.
- #14 Microsoft has more than 10.000 patent. They are one of the top five US patent holders and file about 3.000 every year.
- #15 Microsoft is one of the biggest corporate collectors of contemporary artwork. They have over 5.000 pieces. Their collection includes work by: 1) cindy Sherman; 2) Chuck Close; 3) Takashi Murakami.
- #16 It's a Microsoft tradition to celebrate events with M&M candies.
- #17 Microsoft interviewees are asked very unusual questions like "Why are manholes round?". They're also asked to design products that Microsoft isn't going to produce, like a coffee maker for astronauts. Microsoft
uses these unique questions to gauge their creativity.
- #18 Temporary Microsoft employees are given an email address with a dash before the "at" symbol. Permanent employees refer to them as "Dash Trash".
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