Enterprise Applications: Microsoft: 10 Fascinating Facts About Windows, Other Products
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 projectsincluding Windows 8 and the next version of Windows Phoneinto 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 funand possibly little-knownfacts about Microsoft's past and possible future.