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Facts on Microsoft

10 Facts You should know about Microsoft from its origins as a super-hot startup in the 1970s to take over the world in the1990s to its current reinvention under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has a long and storied history right alongside the PC itself. We are listing out 10 facts about Microsoft you should know about.

1. Microsoft saved Apple

In 1997, Microsoft saved Apple from almost-certain bankruptcy by making a $150 million investment. Steve Jobs announced it on stage at his first appearance as Apple CEO. Though it got boos from the audience, that infamous investment gave Apple enough money and breathing room to consolidate control of its Mac business and shift that momentum into iPod and iTunes.Apple which was worth less than $3 billion at that time is now worth over $700 billion. Part of this can be attributed to Microsoft’s investment.

2. BillGates became the youngest-ever billionaire at that time

In 1987, at age 31, Microsoft cofounder BillGates became the youngest-ever billionaire at the time. In 1995, he'd become the world's richest man with a net worth of $12.9 billion. Beyond Bill Gates, analysts estimate that Microsoft's explosive growth has made for at least two more making a total of 3 billionaires and as many as 12,000 millionaires. From former CEO Steve Ballmer, who bought the LA Clippers for $2 billion in 2014 to co-Founder Paul Allen, a lot of people owe their fortune to Microsoft.

3. Microsoft with Timex

In 1994, Timex and Microsoft designed the data link 150 watch together. It was the first-ever smartwatch, predating the rest of the market by well over a decade. Though it wasn’t that great and was way ahead of its time, the smartwatch did get certified by NASA for space travel. And one more interesting thing about this smartwatch is its battery life which lasted for 3 years beating every other smartwatch by an infinite margin.

4. Microsoft royalties

When creating its Android and Chrome operating systems, Google unlawfully used technology from Oracle, Microsoft, and others, leaving its vendor partners exposed. As a means of settlement, for every Android device, Microsoft is estimated to collect around $8 in royalties. In 2013, those royalty fees were worth around$3.5 billion.

 5. Internet Explorer

In an attempt to make Internet Explorer a popular browsing choice, Microsoft intentionally made msn.com look wrong on Opera browsers back in 2003. Despite that controversial move from Microsoft, we all know how that turns out to be.

6. Windows 95

In late 1995 despite a million-dollar advertisement, Windows 95 was the second most installed piece of software. The video game Doom is the first one. Doom’s popularity led Microsoft to promote the operating system as a gaming platform, part of which makes Windows the first choice for gaming on computers.

7. Microsoft excel

Microsoft's first killer app was MicrosoftExcel, which unseated the reigning spreadsheet champions Apple VisiCalc and Lotus 1-2-3. The shortcomings of Visi Calc were well addressed and the popularity of Lotus 1-2-3 on MS-DOS was dethroned with the release of Microsoft Excel. And we all love to use the office suite.

8. Microsoft Surface

Do you know that 10000 patients of Microsoft were like Microsoft Surface which was quite a Revolutionary laptop from Microsoft?

9. Microsoft Headquarters

Initially, Microsoft was founded, it was Albuquerque, New Mexico, the U.S. It was later but in 1979 it opened in Washington and in 1986 it was set in Redmond and if you do not know what Redmond is, then you may want to tell me that this is Microsoft's headquarters where all Microsoft products are developed are done.

Do you know that Microsoft files 3000 patents every year and has more than 48000 patents as of date?

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