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Tech Quiz: How Did These Tech Companies Get Their Names?

Steve McCaskill is editor of TechWeekEurope and ChannelBiz. He joined as a reporter in 2011 and covers all areas of IT, with a particular interest in telecommunications, mobile and networking, along with sports technology.

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Would a rose by any other name smell just as sweet? Decide for yourself with our tech company name quiz!

Microsoft, Apple, Amazon. These tech firms are all household names, but why are they called that?

The stories behind some of these names is enthralling, others are fairly boring and some are quite disappointing.

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Others hint at a previous life, the origins of the business or those who helped create it. One or two are lazy backronyms, but that shouldn’t detract from the achievements they have since made.

Or would a rose by any other name smell just as sweet?

If nothing else, hopefully you’ll learn a little more about the famous names in our industry and the ones that are no longer with us.

Time to test your knowledge with our…

Tech company name quiz!