Apple might be taking over the USA market with its Mac and iPhones, but Microsoft has been steadily holding its grounds. It still has a riveting dominance over the computer industry. Everyone’s interests are piqued by the name of the company. Many articles have already written about the company’s history and its products. People have also known in detail about its former CEO, Bill Gates. But, there is much of a fun side to this company. Interesting, right? Read along to find out the top 5 fun facts about this undisputable company.
The Term “Micro-soft”
Bill Gates in a letter to the co-founder Paul Allen mentioned the term for the first time. The company’s name had a hyphen between ‘micro’ and ‘soft’. But this hyphen was later removed and the name ‘Microsoft’ was registered in the year 1976. The registration of the company took place in New Mexico. Bill Gates and Paul Allen were then working in New Mexico with their first major client, MITS. The company moved up to Redmond, Washington much later in 1986.
The Making Of The Microsoft Sound
Brian Eno was the maker of the original Microsoft Sound. In many of his interviews, Eno has stated that composing that little piece was ‘funny’ and ‘amazing.’ He even used a metaphor for describing the process. His description of the process was similar to that of ‘making a tiny little jewel.’ Besides this, the song in the ad promoted for the Windows95 launch had a song composed by The Rolling Stones – “Start Me Up.”
The Company Is Crazy For Pizzas
It is a well-established fact that Americans are crazy about pizza. The country sells a humongous amount of pizzas annually. Being based in America, how can Microsoft be spared from the pizza fever? Pizza tops the most-consumed meal on the campus. Also, around 23 million gratis beverages are delivered to the compound each year. The employees are definitely hyped about the free beverage policy of the company!
The Codename Game
Wikipedia offers a long list of the codenames of Microsoft. Apparently, Microsoft assigns a codename to each of its projects. Microsoft might even have been launched in the name of “Interface Manager.” But, an employee convinced Bill Gates to change his mind, thus “Microsoft.” Some of the codenames are – Longhorn, Lone Star, and Vienna.
Anniversary Celebration In Microsoft Is Unique
Just like any other company, Microsoft too, has its own unique traditions. The Softies (that is what the Microsoft employees call themselves) have a unique way of celebrating their employment anniversaries. They feed the others chocolates, and to be very specific, M&Ms. Every anniversary, everyone expects the Softie to show up with one pound M&Ms for every year they’ve been a Softie. So, if Bill Gates were to do so, guess how many pounds of M&Ms he’d show up with every passing year!