15 Things You Didn’t Know About Microsoft

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15 Things you didn’t know about Microsoft

Over the years Microsoft has built an undisputed dominance over all the other computer industries, and revolutionized the way people saw computers. Here are the 15 things you didn’t know about Microsoft!

The path was not easy at all, but the two friends and founders of Microsoft, Bill Gates and Paul Allen, managed to create an empire worth billions.

The company brought us some amazing products that we’ve used and enjoyed for years, products such as Windows XP and of course Microsoft Office.

In the last years Microsoft concentrated its attention on a different area, an area of gaming, and brought to us the notorious competitor of Playstation, the Xbox.

Please enjoy these fun facts, about a company that managed to change the way we interact with a computer! These are the 15 things you didn’t know about Microsoft!

1. The Microsoft sound was composed by Brian Eno

The pioneering musician Brian Eno was the man behind the short start up tune, that we are all familiar with.

Things you didn't know about Microsoft
Brian Eno; via www.ronnierocket.com

2. M&M has a special place in Microsoft tradition

Like any other company that has its traditions, at Microsoft there is no anniversary without M&Ms.

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m&m; via pictures.4ever.eu

3. Microsoft has an enormous art collection

They say that art in a workplace is a necessity because it reduces the stress, and make people more productive. They have more than 5,000 contemporary art pieces that includes pictures, paintings and sculptures.

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Art collection; via artelligenz.com

4. Microsoft has some odd questions for your job interview

One of the strangest one is “why is a manhole cover¬†round?”. They do this not to make you look stupid, but to see how do you manage to solve a simple problem, and if you can think creatively.

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Job interview; via nedia.bizzmarkblog.com

5. They hold over 10,000 patents

Microsoft is on top 5 patent owners in the U.S. and they come up with approximately 3,000 patents every year.

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Microsoft Logo; via romaniaresponsabila.ro

6. In 1977 Bill Gates was arrested

He managed to do that by running a red light and driving without a license. Watch out, we have a bad ass over here!

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Bill Gates mug shot; via www.ebay.com

7. Bill Gates was a dropout

Although he dropped school, in an interview for Forbes, he said that he didn’t dropped Harvard, he left to found Microsoft. Now this is a man that know what he wants in life!

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Bill Gates; via www.flickr.com

8. The company made its first $1 million in four years

In the first year the total revenue was $16,000, and four years later they managed to make their first million.

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Money; via www.youtube.com

9. Jim Allchin the developer of Windows Vista is a Mac fan

He once said: “I would buy a Mac today if I was not working at Microsoft!”. I don’t think that Microsoft took that very well.

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Jim Allchin; via www.microsoft.com

10. Bill Gates became a billionaire at the age of 31

He managed to do that at a very early age, and by 1999, he was the first American with over $100 billion in assets.

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Bill Gates; via mrbricksworld.com

11. Microsoft acquired a lot of companies

In its 34 years history, Microsoft acquired nearly 150 companies including Hotmail and Nokia.

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Microsoft and Nokia; via www.thirst.com.pk

12. Bill Gates is a knight

The Queen of England honored him with this title in 2005, for his outstanding career and for his many generous donations.

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Bill gates and the Queen; via heavyeditorial.files.wordpress.com

13. Microsoft paid a lot of cash for Skype

Their biggest acquisition is without a doubt Skype. They paid $8.5 billion for it. Now imagine how much money they make, if they afforded to spend that kind of cash, and not go bankrupt.

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Microsoft and Skype logos; via topaty.files.wordpress.com

14. Bill Gates signed a “Giving Pledge”

Alongside Warren Buffet and Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates signed a “Giving Pledge” promising to donated half of their money to charity.

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Collecting plate; via usneakydevilu.files.wordpress.com

15. Bill Gates was assigned to create the school’s computer program

Of course, he made a code that he would be put in classes with all the interesting girls. Because why now?

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Bill Gates; via educationviews.org

This concludes our today’s article about 15 things you didn’t know about Microsoft, and we hope you enjoyed it!

So,what is the first thing you do when you’ll get your first $1 million?

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