Facts About Microsoft
As everyone knows how Microsoft has changed the world of software industry. In this article i have shared information regarding Microsoft that has made them giant of the software industry. As we all know Microsoft was started in 1969 by two teenage boys named Bill Gates & Paul Allen. These two genius were interested in programming and emerging industry of personal computers.
A few years in 1975 the two childhood friends established the company Microsoft with hyphen. The name is a portmanteau of the word microcomputer and software. In 1980 a company entered an industry of operating system with their own version of Unix called xenix. But their first major breakthrough came with release of MS-Dos in 1981.
After a few years of battling against IBM PC-Dos, Microsoft eventually came out as the leading provider. At this point most operating system looked like this…
A black screen where you could execute command and in return would receive some niche text. Absolute fantastic for its time no doubt, but not very interesting to the average person. So in 1985 Microsoft released a graphical extension to ms-dos. Bill gates almost named it “Interface manager” but the head of marketing convinced him of naming it “Windows” instead. At first Windows was not that popular and rival company Apple took the lead. But this would soon change. Windows 3.0 became the first widely successful version of windows and a strong competitor to Apple’s Mac Os. In 1990 Microsoft introduced wildly successful Microsoft office with software like word and excel.
Windows 95 became a huge success for a company and introduced features like the start menu and internet explorer. From here on out, Windows would continue to completely dominate the market and as such Microsoft was often accused of monopolization. At the start of the new millennium, Microsoft entered video game console market with the Xbox to compete against Sony and Nintendo. While the Xbox could not really keep up with the Playstation 2, it was nonetheless a success selling millions of units. In more years, the perception of Microsoft and especially Windows has been a bit unstable. For example Windows vista sold well but it considered by many to be one of the worst operating systems ever made by Microsoft.
Windows 7 rekindled the brand but Windows 8 once again received heavy criticism for many of its significant changes. But despite a few minor setbacks here and there Microsoft is still one of the most valuable brands in the world.
Since 2012 Microsoft has undergone a major re-branding to coincide with the release of windows 8. One major change was made to the logo of the company. For the first time a version of the famous windows logo was included in the official Microsoft logo. But the four tiles are more than an icon for windows. Each tile are supposed to stand for windows (blue), Office(red), Xbox( green ), and bing ( yellow ). And the logo isn’t exactly new either as it has been used before. For example in this windows 95 commercial.
When preparing to launch Windows Xp back in 2001, Microsoft wanted a catchy slogan to go along with it. They eventually settled for “Prepare to Fly” and began printing all promotional material and covers and so on. Then 9/11 happened and suddenly the slogan wasn’t as catchy anymore. Because of this Microsoft had to spend over $200 million, just to change to slogan to “Yes you can” instead.
Around the mid to late1990s, Internet explorer quickly became the standard browser all across the globe since it came bundled with the operating system. And by 2002, it reached its peak of a staggering 95% market share. Then something happened. New browser like Opera and Firefox slowly began eating away at Microsoft browser monopoly. This made a Microsoft bit worried so to counteract this decline, they employed some pretty four tactics.
For example, in 2001 it was revealed that Microsoft had purposely made msn.com either inaccessible or incorrectly displayed on the opera browser. This was so that opera users would hopefully switch over to internet explorer instead. While Microsoft has never responded to the accusations, Opera software retaliated by releasing a so called “bork” edition of opera 7. This special version would only display in msn.com using the incomprehensible language made famous by the Swedish chef from The muppet show.
Every website and service with users and profile pictures has on of these. A default avatar. Its usually just a standard silhouette of a person or whatever Youtube is going for. Anyway one version of Microsoft email client, namely outlook 2010, uses this icon. Its interesting because this is actually a silhouette of bill gates 2010, uses this icon. Its interesting because this is actually a silhouette of bill gates from 1977 when he was arrested for speeding and driving without a license.
When Microsoft introduced the first version of windows update shortly after the release of windows 98, they named the software “Critical update notification tool”. However, they soon had to change this to “Critical updates notification utility” given the unfortunate acronym created.
The default wallpaper used for windows XP is, or at least was, one of the most recognizable images in the world. The photograph, named bliss, was taken by former national geographic photographer Charles O’Rear and was captured in Sonoma County in California in 1996. While many believed the image to be photoshopped, it is in fact the raw unaltered original. After he’d taken the photo, he put it up for sale on the stock image site Corbis. And Corbis is in owned by Bill Gates himself. So around 2000, Microsoft contacted O’Rear and wanted to buy all the rights of the image. And while the exact amount has never been disclosed, it been said to be one of the largest payments ever made for a single photograph. If you where to visit the site today however, you would most likely not recognize it as the green hill is now covered with grapevines.
Before Microsoft launched their new search engine in 2009 they needed a short and memorable name. Eventually, they decided to use bang. But they had to rethink this decision rather quickly as it didn’t work as well when used as verb. They changed bang into bing and while google is of course at the top, bing is still one of the largest search engine in the world.
Large Corporation like Microsoft are known to take copyright and trademark infringement very seriously. Sometimes however, they seem to take it a bit too seriously. Back in 2004, a teenager named Mike Rowe registered the domain MikeRoweSoft.com. So phonetically when said out loud, it almost sounds like you’re saying Microsoft. Only based on this, Microsoft decided to take legal action against Mike Rowe and the whole thing received world wide media attention. The website itself had nothing to do with Microsoft or any of their products as he used it to run his own part-time web design business. But eventually, an agreement was reached, with Mike Rowe granting ownership of the domain to Microsoft in exchange for various Microsoft products, including an Xbox.
Back when windows made its debut, things were simple. The First released named windows 1.01 was indeed version 1.01 make sense. And it continued to make sense for quite a while. The name and actual version of the software matched each other. Then they started using names like windows 95, 98, NT, ME, 2000, Xp, and vista, and things got a bit more confusing. Windows vista is actually version 6.0. Windows 7 is 6.1, Windows 8 is 6.2, and 8.1 is 6.3. Now the logical thing would be to expect the next release to be named Windows 9 with a version number of 6.4. But instead they announced this… Windows 10? Why skip the windows 9? Microsoft official explanation is that this new release of window will, form here on out, be windows.