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Fact or Fiction: Microsoft
by Staff
Founder (and ultimate computer geek) Bill Gates has become, depending on whom you believe, an embodiment of the American Dream -- or a cautionary tale of corrupting power. How much do you really know about Microsoft?

Bill Gates and his father founded Microsoft in 1975.

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  • almost fact: Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded the company in '75.

Microsoft's logo is "Real solutions for real people."

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  • almost fact: It's "Computers for the next generation."

About 12,000 Microsoft employees have become billionaires.

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  • almost fact: It's millionaires, not billionaires.

Microsoft Office made its debut in 1989.

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  • almost fact: It was 1986.

In 2000, a judge ruled that Microsoft was an "abusive monopoly."

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  • almost fact: The judge actually said that Microsoft was a "benevolent monopoly."

Microsoft made $600 billion in 2008.

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  • almost fact: The company made $600 million.

Steve Ballmer succeeded Bill Gates as Microsoft CEO in 1998.

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  • almost fact: Steve Ballmer became CEO in 2000.

In 2001, Microsoft unveiled the Xbox, its first foray into the video-game market.

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  • almost fact: Microsoft's video-game system is the PlayStation.

Bill Gates retired from Microsoft in 2008 in order to fulfill his lifelong dream of traveling the world.

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  • almost fact: He stepped down to focus on philanthropical activities.

Bill Gates wanted to build a computer called the "Frackintosh" in 1985, but he was voted down in a heated company meeting.

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  • almost fact: The proposed computer was called the "Zakintosh."