Microsoft has ruled a large section of the IT market for many years, achieving dominant status with Windows and still holiding a place as the world’s largest software maker by revenue.
How much do you know about the company founded by Bill Gates?
Try our quiz!
Microsoft was founded in 1975. What was its first product?
- MD DOS
- A Basic Interpreter
- A word processing package
Who co-founded Microsoft alongside Bill Gates?
- Paul Allen
- Steve Ballmer
- Steve Wozniak
Which body has ruled that Microsoft violated anti-trust laws?
- The US Federal Trade Commission
- The European Commission
What was the name of Microsoft's iPod-challenging music player?
Which of these was the most expensive for Microsoft to buy?
Microsoft Office Assistant was supposed to help with tasks like writing letters. What was its friendly paper-clip incarnation called?
When did Microsoft start to call its productivity suite Office?
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was famous for his exuberant performances. In a widely circulated video of one conference speech, what did he chant?
- Money, Money Money!
- Music, Music, Music!
- Developers, Developers, Developers!
What was the first 32-bit version of windows?
- Windows NT
- Windows XP
- Windows 95
What operating system did the first Windows phones run?
- Windows CE
- Pocket PC
- Windows Mobile
- Windows Phone
What is the name of Microsoft's cloud computing platform?
What British games developer did Microsoft acquire in 2002
- Ensemble Studios
When was Windows 9 released?
- It was never released
What was the first major update to Windows 10 called?
- Windows 10 Service Pack 11
- Windows 10.1
- Windows 10 Anniversary Update
Author Douglas Coupland wrote a book about Microsoft and dot-com culture, set in the early 1990s. What was it called?
- Generation X
Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser once dominated the Internet with a 95 percent share. When was its peak?
You clearly don't care much about Microsoft. Perhaps you have managed to live a life completely insulated from the dominant software provider. Perhaps you use Linux. Perhaps you simply don't care.
Whether you love the company or hate it, you might find it useful to know a little more about this historic enterprise.
You tried hard, but the finer details of Microsoft's patchy history just don't interest you. Perhaps you think that other things are more important than following every product release from the Redmond software empire?
What a silly thought! Stop trying to have a life, and get your head back into the Microsoft manuals!
Your level of Microsoft understanding is a marvel to behold! Do you work in Redmond? Or have you just spent your life tinkering with Microsoft products?
Either way, we know who we will turn to next time we see an error message that makes no sense!