10 Interesting Facts About Microsoft

By | April 10, 2017

Microsoft is a leading tech company after Google. There are many things we should know about this company. So, here are some 10 interesting facts about Microsoft.

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10 interesting facts about Microsoft:

Fact #1:

Microsoft Solitaire was developed by a summer intern named Wes Cherry. He received no royalties for his work despite it being among the most used Windows applications of all time.

 

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Fact #2:

In 1994 Guns n Roses Bassist Duff McKagan bought $100,000 in stock in Microsoft, Amazon, and Starbucks.

His first $100,000 in stock investments in 1994 turned out pretty well, largely because he was in Seattle: He bought Starbucks, Microsoft, and Amazon.

Fact #3:

In 2010 Microsoft banned a user from Xbox Live for putting Fort Gay (A real location in West Virginia) as his address. Microsoft refused to believe that Fort Gay actually existed, and eventually took an appeal from the town’s Mayor, David Thompson, for the issue to be corrected.

In 2010, Fort Gay hit the news when Microsoft suspended an Xbox Live account that belonged to a Fort Gay resident for writing “fort gay WV” as his location, as Microsoft has language policies that prohibit references to homosexuality. Microsoft customer service representatives refused to acknowledge that Fort Gay existed, and it took an appeal from Mayor David Thompson and media coverage for the issue to be corrected.

Fact #4:

A five-year-old boy passed a Microsoft exam to become the youngest person to become a Microsoft Certified Professional.

Ayan Qureshi is now a Microsoft Certified Professional after passing the tech giant’s exam when he was just five years old.

Fact #5:

Microsoft has created 3 billionaires and an estimated 12,000 millionaires.

The company’s 1986 initial public offering (IPO), and subsequent rise in its share price created three billionaires and an estimated 12,000 millionaires among Microsoft employees.

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Fact #6:

Microsoft once sued a high school student named Mike Rowe who registered the domain MikeRoweSoft .com for his part-time web-design business. A settlement was finally reached that included sending the teenager an X-Box in exchange for the domain.

Microsoft vs. MikeRoweSoft was a legal dispute between Microsoft and a Canadian Belmont High School student named Mike Rowe over the domain name “MikeRoweSoft .com”. The case received international press attention following Microsoft’s perceived heavy-handed approach to a 12th-grade student’s part-time web design business and the subsequent support that Rowe received from the online community. A settlement was eventually reached, with Rowe granting ownership of the domain to Microsoft in exchange for an Xbox and additional compensation.

Fact #7:

There was a computer worm that would gain access to Windows XP systems, download a patch from Microsoft to close the vulnerability that it used to infect the system, attempt to delete the infamous Blaster worm (if present) from the system, then delete itself.

The Welchia worm, also known as the “Nachia worm”, is a computer worm that exploits a vulnerability in the Microsoft Remote procedure call (RPC) service similar to the Blaster worm. However, unlike Blaster, it first searches for and deletes Blaster if it exists, then tries to download and install security patches from Microsoft that would prevent further infection by Blaster, so it is classified as a helpful worm. Welchia was successful in deleting Blaster, but Microsoft claimed that it was not always successful in applying their security patch.

Fact #8:

The guy who snagged http://windows2000.com happened to be named Bob and Microsoft just happened to own http://Bob.com. They came to an agreement to trade one for the other.

Microsoft originally purchased the domain name http://bob.com from Boston-area techie Bob Antia, but later traded it to Bob Kerstein for the http://windows2000.com domain name.

Fact #9:

The true purpose of Microsoft Solitaire and Minesweeper was to teach mouse-fluency by stealth.

The intention was that Solitaire would get a generation of computer users still most familiar with a command-line input to teach themselves how to drag and drop, without even realizing that’s what they were doing. The fact that we’re still dragging and dropping today suggests that it worked rather well.

Fact #10:

The reason Microsoft changed their word font setting from Time New Roman to Calibri 11 was to acknowledge the end the print era and the rise of the digital age.

We believed that more and more documents would never be printed but would solely be consumed on a digital device.

Source – Quora

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