Quels sont les faits étonnants à propos de Google / Microsoft?

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Réponse d'origine: What are the crazy facts about google?

Here are some of the interesting and crazy facts about the Giant Google:

1. Go to Google homepage and type the words “I want to commit suicide”. Above all the search results, Google provides the Suicide Helpline number of your country.

2. A young girl wrote to Google to give her father a day off as it was his birthday. This is what Google sent back in reply. Now, that is something. (Source -Facebook)

Quels sont les faits étonnants à propos de Google / Microsoft?

3. Aller à Google Maps. Click on the satellite view and zoom out as much as possible. You can see an amazing view of earth with real time shadows. You can see real time clouds if you zoom in twice.

Quels sont les faits étonnants à propos de Google / Microsoft?

4. Google has a pet T-rex, named Stan, which lives at their California headquarters. Founders bought it to remind the employees to not let Google go extinct.

Quels sont les faits étonnants à propos de Google / Microsoft?

5. Search “atari breakout” in Google Images and you can play the game. Try it now.

6. Google has been acquiring, on average, more than one company per week since 2010.

7. Aller à Google Mars. You can see a map of Mars. Cool !

8. Type any number in the search bar and Google will spell it out for you.

Quels sont les faits étonnants à propos de Google / Microsoft?

9. Google’s home page has 28 validation errors and five warnings. Check it out here: Google Validation

10. Should a U.S. Google employee pass away while under the employ of the 14-year old search giant, their surviving spouse or domestic partner will receive a check for 50% of their salary every year for the next decade.

11. Google HQ rents goats from California Grazing to mow their lawns and fields. The employees think that it’s a lot cuter to watch goats do the mowing than lawn mowers. Mowing with Goats

12. Google Sky Maps allows you to view stars, constellations, galaxies and planets. Check out Google Sky.

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13. The company's unofficial motto is "Don't be evil."

14. The name Google was a misspelling.

15. Stanford still owns the patent to Google Algorithm, named Classement.

16. The very first Google Doodle was an out-of-office message in 1998 when Brin and Page were traveling to Nevada to attend the Burning man festival

17. Until March 2001, the Google homepage was aligned on the right side of the page instead of centered.

18. The first April Fool's joke was in 2000 when Google announced its mind reading ability for searches called "MentalPlex"

19. When the company joined Twitter, their first tweet was "I'm feeling lucky" in binary code.

20. In 2006, the Merriam-Webster and Oxford English Dictionaries included the verb "Google" in their listings.

21. The Google Street view has about 28 million miles of photographed roads

22. While employees are called Googlers, new employees are called Nooglers.

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Interesting Facts About Google. :

  1. The “Google Guys,” Larry Page and Sergey Brin, first met at Stanford University in 1995 when Sergey (21) was assigned to show Larry (22) around the school. Google was first incorporated as a private company on September 4, 1998, and held its initial public offering on August 19, 2004.
  2. According to its website, Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and “make it universally accessible and useful.”
  3. Google uses approximately 20 petabytes of user-generated data every day. (Petabytes are estimated at 10 to the 15th power. So 1 petabyte is approximately 1,000,000,000,000,000 bytes.) It uses massive amounts of computation to index the Web, process search results, serve up ads, and more.o,
  4. In August 2004, Google went public with opening shares at $85 per share. Google stated that during its IPO, it hoped to raise as much as $2,718,281,828, which is the first 10 digits of the mathematical constant “e.” It raised $1.67 billion.
  5. In May 2011, over 1 billion unique visitors visited the Google website, up 8.4% from a year earlier. Microsoft came in second with 905 million visitors. Facebook and Yahoo held the third and fourth positions with 714 million and 689 million visitors, respectively.
  6. Facebook users spend the most minutes on the Internet with over 250 billion minutes in May 2011. Microsoft and Google came in second and third with 204 billion and 200 billion minutes, respectively.
  7. In June 2000, Google became the world’s largest search engine.
  8. In June 2006, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) added “Google” as a verb.
  9. In Feb 2002, Klingon became one of Google’s 72 language interfaces.
  10. In 2010, Google’s total assets were $57.851 billion dollars.
  11. Google’s employee perks are famous. For example, at one time they offered a $5,000 hybrid car subsidy to encourage cleaner technologies. It was eventually killed to reduce company costs during the economic downturn.
  12. In January 2003, the American Dialect Society voted the word “Google” as the “most useful” Word of the Year for 2002.
  13. An early version of Google at Stanford could analyze 30-50 pages a second. Currently, it’s millions of pages a second.
  14. In 2007, Google and NORAD partnered to follow Santa Claus on Christmas Eve and used Google Earth to track Santa in 3D.
  15. Les auteurs de Un milliard de mauvaises pensées crunched data from Google, Bing, and Yahoo! and ranked the most popular terms relating to sex. The top 10 terms are the following: 1. youth (13.5%) 2. gay (4.7%) 3. MILFs (4.3%) 4. breasts (4%) 5. cheating wives (3.4%) 6. vaginas (2.8%) 7. penises (2.4%) 8. amateurs 9. mature 10. animation. They also note that heterosexual males enjoy a range of erotica, including sites featuring elderly women and transsexuals. Both gay and straight men favor chests, buttocks, and feet, in that order.
  16. According to Alexa (“The Web Information Company”), Google is the Internet’s most visited website globally.
  17. Google originated at the Stanford School of Engineering as an attempt to catalog and analyze the World Wide Web. It first ran at Stanford with the user name “Web Search | University IT".
  18. Google uses over 1 million computers for is operation and handles over 1 billion search requests—per day.
  19. The late Steve Jobs said he would be willing to “go thermonuclear war” against Google, a company he thought was guilty of “grand theft” when it launched its Android operating system.
  20. If you use Google Calendar, Google may also know your schedule, what books you’ve read on Google Books, and what videos you watch on YouTube. They also save all your search queries, your IP address, your browser and its set language, the date and time of every request, your SMS messages, the cookies used for advertising services, and third-party application data. According to one critic, “Google knows more about you than your mother.”
  21. Fellow graduate student Sean Anderson suggested Google creators Page and Brin name their site “googolplex.” Page suggested they shorten it to “googol,” which refers to the number 1 followed by 100 zeroes. Anderson mistyped “googol” as “google,” which was an available name. The name reflects Google’s mission to organize the massive amounts of information on the Web.
  22. Google Inc.’s first employee was Craig Silverstein, a fellow computer science graduate student at Stanford. He was hired September 1998. He currently serves as director of technology at Google.
  23. In November 1999, the caterer for the Grateful Dead, Charlie Ayers, joined Google as the company’s first chef. He won the job in a cook-off that was judged by Google’s 40 employees.
  24. Google’s tradition of April Fool’s jokes began in April 2000 when Google announced the “MentalPlex,” or Google’s ability to read a person’s mind as he visualizes the search results he wants.
  25. Christina Elwell, a former Google sales executive, sued Google for job discrimination when she was pregnant with quadruplets. The court granted Google's request to move the case to arbitration rather than to a public trial.
  26. En 2007, Forbes magazine ranked Google as the best place in the U.S. to work.
  27. The “Chief Culture Officer” is an actual job title at Google. His or her main responsibility is to retain the company’s unique culture, which includes flat organization, lack of hierarchy, a collaborative environment, and keeping Googlers happy.
  28. Reluctant to leave school to devote time to their new search engine, Page and Brin attempted to sell Google for $1 million to AltaVista. Fortunately for them, Alta Vista passed . . . as did Yahoo!, Excite, and other search engines.
  29. The most searched words on Google are always changing, but the following words receive the highest search requests: Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo, Google, and sex/video.
  30. Google uses goats to eat brush and reduce fire hazard in fields near their California Mountain View headquarters.
  31. In October 2011, Google Earth reached its 1 billion download mark.
  32. During the 2011-2012 Egyptian crisis, Google launched a special service that allows people without Internet to send Twitter messages by dialing a phone number and leaving a voicemail. The voicemail is automatically translated into messages on Twitter.
  33. The first Google storage was made from Legos. Google needed an expandable and cheap way to house 10 4GB hard drives.
  34. Google’s first-ever Twitter post was in February 2004. It was binary for “I’m feeling lucky.”
  35. A Google employee is named a “Googler” while a new team member is called a “Noogler.”
  36. Google’s Code of Conduct makes it clear that it is a chien-friendly company; however, Google states that because it is a “dog company . . . as a rule we feel chats visiting our offices would be fairly stressed out.”
  37. The first-ever Google company snack was Swedish Fish in 1999.
  38. Google offers full-on gourmet meals three times a day for its employees. Free food is so tempting that Googlers risk the “Google 15” weight gain, which is similar to the “Freshman 15.”
  39. The search technology Google uses is called “PageRank,” which is named after Google co-founder, Larry Page. PageRank analyzes and assigns an importance value to each page on the Web and ranks it. By downloading and analyzing the importance of Web links, PageRank revolutionized not only search engines specifically but also the entire Internet.
  40. When Google introduced its “Did you mean . . .?” feature, site traffic doubled.
  41. Google makes 99% of its profit from its advertising. Google also has the ability to track and analyze a person’s online behavior and inform advertisers what sites a browser has visited, what ads have been clicked on, and what search terms have been used.a,
  42. Some Web researchers note that Google helps prop up Wikipedia as an information source since more than 50% of the traffic to Wikipedia is generated from Google searches.
  43. Google has managed to reduce its tax rates by billions of dollars by taking advantage of offshore tax havens such as Ireland and Bermuda. The top corporate income tax level in the U.S. is 35%. In Ireland, it’s only 12.5%, and in Bermuda it’s zero.
  44. Google has been criticized for manipulating its search results, using others’ intellectual property, the amount of energy its computers consume, as well as monopoly, antitrust, and restraint of trade issues. The company has also been criticized for sexism and ageism.
  45. In 2010, Google admitted that for the previous three years, it mistakenly collected information people sent over unencrypted wi-fi networks.
  46. Google CEO Eric Schmidt raised eyebrows when in a 2011 interview he said that he doesn’t think people want Google to answer their questions, rather they want Google to “tell them what they should be doing next.”
  47. In 2011, Google claimed the Chinese government was preventing Gmail users in China from accessing their accounts. China’s goal in these attacks is reportedly to stifle online revolutionary talk similar to those that launched Arab revolutions.
  48. When Google went public, many employees became instant millionaires. Yahoo!, which owned 8.4 million shares of Google stock before Google’s IPO, also benefited.
  49. Privacy International in 2007 ranked Google as not only “Hostile to Privacy” but as also having the worst privacy policies among popular net firms. It criticized Google for the mass amounts of data it gathers about users and their activities.
  50. In 2008, a Christian group sued Google for refusing to take its anti-abortion advertisements. Google claimed that it refused the advertisement because the company has a policy of declining sites that mix the issue of abortion with religious views. The suit was settled amicably out of court, and Google agreed to publish their ads.
  51. Researchers have expressed concern that many Internet users assume the Google search engine represents reality, and that if some information is not on Google, it is either not important or it does not exist.
  52. Google CEO Eric Schmidt created controversy when he told Google users that the future of the Web is headed toward complete transparence and no anonymity. He says that if Google looked at enough of a person’s messaging and a person’s location, it could predict where a person will go. Additionally, according to Schmidt, if a person has just 14 photos on the Internet, Google could accurately identify the person.
  53. Because Kids Don't Come With Instructions! sued Google in 2006 for setting its PageRank to zero, which caused the site to lose 70% of its audience. Kinderstart claims that Google penalized the site with the low ranking with no reason and no warning. The court ruled that Google has the right to de-rank any site they want.
  54. Google’s informal motto is “Don’t Be Evil,” though Google created an “evil scale” when it decided in 2006 to offer censored search results in China rather than none at all.
  55. Google owns YouTube, DoubleClick, On2 Technologies, Picnik, Aardvark, AdMob, Zagat, and Motorola Mobility.
  56. In 1998, the Google homepage used a Yahoo-similar exclamation mark in its logo.
  57. Larry Page and Sergey Brin considered calling Google “Googolplex,” which is 10 to the power of googol. They later adopted the name Googleplex for their corporate campus in Mountain View, California.
  58. Critics have noted that without Google, the Internet might still be in its “pre-Hellenistic Age.”
  59. Stanford, which holds the patent to the PageRank algorithm Larry Page created, received 1.8 million shares of Google stock in exchange for long-term rights to the patent. Stanford’s profit was $336 million, most likely the most money any university has ever received from a single invention.
  60. There are Google bikes parked throughout the Googleplex that employees can hop on and ride from building to building. None of them is locked; employees simply take them when they need them. Additionally, a doctor regularly visits the Google campus so Googlers don’t have to leave the office for a checkup. Google is also known for its “20% time,” the one day a week that employees can take simply to work on something that interests them.
  61. Google has extraordinary on-campus daycare centers for employees’ children, which are based on a philosophy called Reggio Emilia, a self-directed learning program. However, in 2008, the company realized it was subsidizing each child to the price tag of $37,000 a year. As a comparison, to get a PhD in computer science at Stanford it costs $34,000 a year.
  62. Page and Brin insist that the number of words on Google’s home page not exceed 28.
  63. In one week in February 2011, Google received a record 75,000 job applications for 6,000 openings.

Source: 65 Interesting Facts about Google

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First of all I would start off with Microsoft

Microsoft-

Microsoft has now been in the industry for more than 40 years. With such a long presence, much has been written about Microsoft, the windows history timeline and even about the captain of the ship Bill Gates himself. For those who are still curious to know more, we have managed to dug up some of the fun facts about Microsoft.

Interesting Facts About Microsoft:-

Following are 10 interesting facts about Microsoft we bet you didn’t know about:

1. The Name was “Micro-Soft”

The first ever mention of the word “Microsoft” was mentioned in a letter written by Bill Gates to his fellow co-founder Paul Allen. Gates intentionally wrote the word Micro-soft considering a portmanteau of “microcomputer” and “software”.

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Micro-Soft Historical Logo

Mislaying its hyphen, Microsoft got its identity on November 1976 when it was officially registered at New Mexico where Bill Gates and Paul Allen were working with their first customer MITS. Microsoft relocated its HQ to Redmond, Washington in 1986.

Microsoft has made changes in the logo several times. The current “pac-man” logo was introduced in 1995. Until then the “blibbet” logo (shown above) was being used by Microsoft. The stylized “o” in the logo was taken from the name of a burger served in the Microsoft company cafeteria.

2. Brian Eno is the Man Behind the Famous Microsoft ‘Sound’

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The six-second start up sound of Windows 95 was made from the musical mind of Brian Eno. The pioneering musician said that he found making the short piece of music funny and amazing just like making a tiny little jewel. Eno has also composed the music for the computer game Spore.

3. The Favorite Food in Microsoft Campus is Pizza

Microsoft Cafeteria Worldwide

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Not like Google’s TGIF(Thank God It’s Friday) where company honchos meet directly with the employees over a drink, Microsoft too offers free beverages. More than 23 million beverages are downed on the corporate office each year.

Coming to the food, Microsoft has 35 cafeterias( you can spot one above) serving over 35,000 people each day and pizza charts the top. Free candies are also made available for Microsoft staffers.

4. Product Codenames

Microsoft likes to work on its product under codenames. Eventually, Bill Gates was willing to launch Windows under the name “Interface Manager” but then an employee persuade him from doing so. Product names a while seem to have Midwest geographic bent, some of the past codename includes “Lone Star”, “Vienna” and “Longhorn”.

5. An Average Microsoft Employee is Called “Softie”

Microsoft’s Software employees view themselves as ‘softies’. Rumors are that an average softie gets a starting average salary up to $106,000. Microsoft currently employs 88,180 employees working across 32,404,796 square feet of Microsoft’s premises. The male to female ratio among Microsoft is 76-24%.

6. Microsoft Loves Candies!

All companies, big or small have a small in-house tradition. Microsoft is too not an exception. At their hire date, Microsoft employees celebrate their employment anniversary by taking a pound of M&Ms to work. This means Bill gates have turned up with 33 pounds of M&M till 27th June 2008 (If he observed the tradition).

7. Microsoft Asks Strange Interview Questions

Quels sont les faits étonnants à propos de Google / Microsoft?

Microsoft has a stature of asking strange questions in the job interviews. One of the most off-beat question is Why a Manhole Cover is round? It’s certainly true that Microsoft employees are unusual and have a forward thinking interview process. Instead of asking questions like where do you see yourself in next 5 years? you can be bombarded with questions that will force you to think logically. Questions like Design a coffee maker that will be used by astronauts may be asked or you may be likely to solve a puzzle. The main intention behind this process is to find candidates that can think creatively. Rumor says that Google also have imitated this style.

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8. Microsoft is Among the Top 5 Patent Holders in the US

Microsoft is one of the top patent owners in the US. Microsoft holds over 10,000 patents and files around 3,000 per year. Although most of them are software related, the 5000th and 10,000th were consumer friendly and easily understandable ideas. The 5000th was for Xbox 360 games that let people watch game remotely while the 10,000th was for Microsoft surface.

Microsoft also rewards their employees for holding a patent. The reward includes a bonus of $1500, a wooden plaque and a decorative black cube that features their names as well as title and date of the patent.

9. Microsoft has Huge Collection of Artwork

One of the most interesting facts about Microsoft is that it has huge collection of artwork. The giant company feels that artwork can reduce stress and helps increase productivity of the staff. Microsoft collects artwork from local artists, upcoming artists and also from renowned artists. With an collection of over 5,000 contemporary pieces including painting, sculptures, paper work, photographs and multimedia works, Microsoft is one of the largest corporate collector of artwork.

10. Microsoft Stock has Split Nine Times

The last fact about Microsoft is about its stocks. Microsoft went public on 13th March 1986. Since then, the firm has split its stock nine times. In simple terms, a company will split its stock only when its stock price becomes too high. Initially, Microsoft’s stock for public offering was $21 a share but now the one original company share would now be equal to 288 shares today.

Now coming onto google

Google:-There are few people who haven’t heard of Google. But here are some interesting facts about Google, the most popular search engine, that you may not know yet.

Quels sont les faits étonnants à propos de Google / Microsoft?

1. Go to Google homepage and type the words “I want to commit suicide”. Above all the search results, Google provides the Suicide Helpline number of your country.

Quels sont les faits étonnants à propos de Google / Microsoft?

2. A young girl wrote to Google to give her father a day off as it was his birthday. This is what Google sent back in reply. Now, that is something. (Source -Facebook)

Quels sont les faits étonnants à propos de Google / Microsoft?

3. Go to Google Maps. Click on the satellite view and zoom out as much as possible. You can see an amazing view of earth with real time shadows. You can see real time clouds if you zoom in twice. Pretty amazing, right?

Quels sont les faits étonnants à propos de Google / Microsoft?

Quels sont les faits étonnants à propos de Google / Microsoft?

4. Google has a pet T-rex, named Stan, which lives at their California headquarters. Founders bought it to remind the employees to not let Google go extinct.

Quels sont les faits étonnants à propos de Google / Microsoft?

google-dinosaur

5. Search “atari breakout” in Google Images and you can play the game. Try it now.

Quels sont les faits étonnants à propos de Google / Microsoft?

atari

6. Google has been acquiring, on average, more than one company per week since 2010. Source–List of mergers and acquisitions by Google

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HQ

7. Go to Google Mars. You can see a map of Mars. Cool !

Quels sont les faits étonnants à propos de Google / Microsoft?

Mars

8. Type any number in the search bar and Google will spell it out for you.

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number=english. (What if we tried number=French) Imao

9. Google’s home page has 28 validation errors and five warnings. Check it out here: Google Validation

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10. a U.S. Google employee pass away while under the employ of the 14-year old search giant, their surviving spouse or domestic partner will receive a check for 50% of their salary every year for the next decade. Source- http://www.forbes.com/sites/megh...

Quels sont les faits étonnants à propos de Google / Microsoft?

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And yeah for every 10 upvotes I will be adding another one extra point………so keep upvoting ��

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Hi guys I'm back again and now I'll keep adding these additional points but now I will be combining both Microsoft and Google.

Edit 1- The Microsoft campus is full of bunnies. It goes like this, one day someone brought bunnies to the Microsoft campus, soon one led to another and there were large group of reproducing rabbits and now bunny proliferation is a long-term issue in the Redmond campus of Microsoft. According to an article in Seattle Times, the Redmond Rabbit Problem was not limited to Microsoft campus but also affected Nintendo, Eddie Bauer and other campus areas.

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You can set up a timer using google

Quels sont les faits étonnants à propos de Google / Microsoft?

These are the points and see you until next time

Edit 2- I am seeing that everyone is hungry for more facts

Ever since the company's first operating system, Microsoft has worked on its projects under codenames, of which Wikipedia has a long list. Apparently Gates was ready to launch Windows under the name "Interface Manager" before he was persuaded to change it by an employee.

Past codenames include "Longhorn," "Lone Star," and "Vienna." While you might be tempted to add "Mojave," to that list, it's actually part of a Microsoft ad campaign. The "Mojave Experiment" was a marketing exercise that battled Vista's poor PR by presenting the software to new users as a fresh product.

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