Category: Microsoft

Microsoft Japan introduced four days work-week for its employees for one month under its ‘Working Reform Project’, and the productivity jumped by over 40%.

In 2010, Microsoft banned a user from Xbox Live for putting

Fort Gay

(A real location in West Virginia) as his address. Microsoft refused to believe that Fort Gay actually existed, and eventually took an appeal from the town’s Mayor for the issue to be corrected.

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In the 90’s when Microsoft was unimpressed with a programmer’s performance, they would threaten to reassign them to work on “Microsoft Dogs” an interactive CD-ROM to inform dog owners of the proper care and feeding for 500 different breeds of dogs.

Microsoft originally put Solitaire into Windows to keep people from being intimidated by the operating system. It gave users something familiar to do while learning to use a mouse.

When you slow down the Windows-95 startup sound by 4000%, it becomes 2.5 minutes of dreamy, ethereal, ambient music.

Regular version:

Slowed version:

Solitaire was created by a Microsoft intern who wasn’t paid for the game. Bill Gates liked the idea but complained it was too difficult to win at this game. Original version also included a fake Excel spreadsheet to hide the game from your boss.