Enterprise Applications: Microsoft: 10 Fascinating Facts About Windows, Other Products

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2012-03-28 Print this article Print
Windows Tablets

Windows Tablets

Long before Apple launched the iPad, or Microsoft considered porting Windows 8 onto tablets, various OEMs loaded Windows XP onto the tablet form factor.
Whether it's Windows on their office PC, an Xbox 360 powering their video games and entertainment, Hotmail for their email or some collaboration platform helping their work projects, Microsoft's software products permeate many aspects of people's lives. Given that, it's often tempting to think you might know everything about one of the world's most prominent companies. However, Microsoft still has the capacity to surprise people who haven't necessarily followed it closely. For example, the company was placing Windows on tablets long before Apple released the first iPad, or Windows 8 was more than a twinkle in a software engineer's eye. Moreover, Microsoft's plans for the future are both vague and vast. There are rumors that the company intends to, at least partially, unite a selection of its upcoming projects—including Windows 8 and the next version of Windows Phone—into an interoperating ecosystem of some sort. Recent acquisitions, such as Skype, still need to be digested into Microsoft's larger paradigm, in ways largely unknowable at the moment. With that in mind, here are some fun—and possibly little-known—facts about Microsoft's past and possible future. 
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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