Episode 35: The Founding of Microsoft


April 4 marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of Microsoft.

Here are some things you may not know about the software giant.

One: The company was not founded in the Seattle area.

Bill Gates and Paul Allen started Microsoft in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after they secured a contract to produce a programming language translator for the Altair 8800 microcomputer.

Two: Its co-founders both dropped out of college.

Allen dropped out of Washington State University in 1974 and Gates dropped out of Harvard a year later when they started Microsoft.

Three: Gates is the richest man in the world with an estimated net worth of $78.2 billion. If he decided to split his fortune evenly among the population of the United States, each person would receive about $245.22 using 2014 census estimates.

Our question

In 1995, Microsoft introduced Bob, a program that was designed to make it easier to use its Windows operating system. What font was created for, but not used in, Bob?

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