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The Story Behind These Company Names

In IT, Misc on August 6, 2006 at 3:20 pm

A very nice article about how the Fortune companies coined their names.

Some of the interesting ones are,

Hotmail – Founder Jack Smith got the idea of accessing e-mail via the web from a computer anywhere in the world. When Sabeer Bhatia came up with the business plan for the mail service, he tried all kinds of names ending in ‘mail’ and finally settled for hotmail as it included the letters “html” – the programming language used to write web pages. It was initially referred to as HoTMaiL with selective upper casing.

Microsoft – Coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted to MICROcomputer SOFTware. Originally christened Micro-Soft, the ‘‘ was removed later on.

You can read the full list here.

Tags: Company Names, Company, Tech Company

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