Anyone in this world who has touched a personal computer (PC) or laptop will know Microsoft. Founded as a ‘computers and software’ firm in 1975, the company has brought multiple technological advancements to this century. Here are some of the interesting facts about Microsoft.
Top 7 Interesting Facts About Microsoft Corporation
Microsoft is known for its best quality hardware. It also made the first-ever hardware—a mouse in 1983. Though the one used in 1983 was an early prototype and had less use, the mouse later became a crucial piece of equipment due to its accessibility and is used even today.
When was Microsoft Corporation Founded in the US?
- A. 1984
- B. 1975
- C. 1977
- D. 1994
The First Tablet
It is a myth that Apple came up with the first computer tablet. It was Microsoft. Many other companies tried to replicate the model, but didn’t succeed. Apple did.
The First Smartwatch
Microsoft created the first smartwatch in 1994 using Data Link 150. The watch was co-produced by Timex. It required a PC running on Windows 3.1 and was water-resistant up to 100 meters.
The Operating Software (OS)
Windows is a well-known OS by Microsoft, but did you know it wasn’t the first? The company created an OS called XENIX for organizations like Intel. Then came MS-DOS which was widely used.
In addition to the game Solitaire in Windows OS, Microsoft created Xbox—a gaming console in 2001. Microsoft also owns the games, applications, streaming services on Xbox, and an online service called Xbox Live.
Encarta was the very first multimedia encyclopedia. Microsoft created it while dramatically expanding its electronic publishing division in 1989.
No, not the Mona Lisa, but Microsoft did introduce a personal computer named Lisa which contained a graphical user interface (GUI) to perform routine operations. This was in 1983 and a year later it was adopted into Apple’s Macintosh in 1984.