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Interesting facts about Microsoft

Microsoft is one of the leading tech companies globally. For most of us, Microsoft products and services have become such an integral part of our life that it’s difficult to imagine life without those tools.

As we all know, Microsoft Office is an office suite of applications, servers, and services developed by Microsoft which was first announced by Bill Gates on 1 August 1988, at COMDEX in Las Vegas.

MS-Office is produced in several versions meant to target different end-users and computing environments. The original, and most widely used version of all is the desktop version, available for PCs running the Windows and MacOs operating systems.


Here are many interesting facts about Microsoft and its tools which probably you were unaware of.

  1. Microsoft’s first Office application was Excel.

Originally it was released under the name Multiplan in 1982, but in 1985 when releasing for Macintosh, Microsoft changed its name to Excel.

  1. Presenter was the original name of PowerPoint

Initially developed by Forethought, Inc, Presenter for Macintosh had to be renamed due to trademark issues. In 1987, it became PowerPoint and shortly after Microsoft bought the product for USD 14 million.

3. The first Office package debuted on MacOS on August 1st, 1989 which was followed by Microsoft Office for Windows in October 1990

The various applications were available individually prior to being packaged in an Office suite. The original Office package included Word 4.0, Excel 2.2, PowerPoint 2.01, and Mail 1.37.

It came packed with Word 1.1, Excel 2.0, and PowerPoint 2.0. for windows.

4. Word’s AutoCorrect and AutoFormat first appeared in version 6.0, released in 1993.

Before the launch of AutoCorrect with Word 6.0 in 1993, users had to correct their own typing, spelling and grammar mistakes.

  1. Clipit, the well-known Office assistant, first assisted users in Office 97, released in 1996.

There were many office assistants users could select from including The Genius, a mimic of Albert Einstein. The Genius was removed in Office XP. Office assistants were expunged after Office 2003 for Windows and Office for Mac 2004.

6. According to Reuters, Satya Nadella, the new CEO of Microsoft is now the most powerful Indian-born tech executive in the world

  1. The shortcut Alt-Shift-D will place the date automatically in MS Word.

8. There were captivating codenames for early versions of word which include Bill The Cat (for Word 1.1) and Spaceman Spiff (Word 2.0).

Word gained success only after Windows 3.0 was released in 1990. Word for Windows 1.0 was a big part of the victory of Microsoft empire.

9. Difficult to presume true, Microsoft Word wasn’t exactly Microsoft’s idea.

Charles Simoni,who joined the company in 1981  had previously developed a word processing tool called Bravo. After he started working with Microsoft he got a chance to work on Multi-Tool Word, which eventually became Microsoft Word.


10. Multi-Tool Word was the first word processor to embrace What You See Is What You Get (Wysiwyg) interface, where what appeared on the screen looked the same when printed. Previous word processors relied on the user adding markup tags to indicate different typefaces.

11. Microsoft Access was never released for Macintosh.