"Microsoft Monday" is a weekly column that focuses on all things Microsoft. This week, Microsoft Monday includes details about Bill Gates retaining the #1 spot on the Forbes 400 2017 Richest Americans and investing $1.7 billion in public education, 13 original Xbox One games being added to the backwards compatibility list, the Surface Book 2 announcement, the return of the Classic IntelliMouse, Xbox setting a Guinness World Record, the delay of “Age of Empires: Definitive Edition,” Windows 10 Fall Creators Update rolling out, Symantec switching to Azure and much more!
Last week, Forbes Assistant Managing Editors Luisa Kroll and Kerry Dolan published the Forbes 400 2017 list and Bill Gate was named the richest person American for the 24th consecutive year. And the price of admission to the “country’s most exclusive club jumped nearly 18%,” meaning the minimum net worth to join The Forbes 400 list of richest Americans is a record $2 billion — up from $1.7 billion a year ago. The total net worth of The Forbes 400 list of richest Americans went up to $2.7 trillion from $2.4 trillion a year ago and the average net worth increased to $6.7 billion from $6 billion. And everyone in the top 10 became at least $1 billion richer in the past year. Bill Gates is now worth $89 billion, up $8 billion compared to a year ago.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is going to be investing over $1.7 billion in public schools through The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, according to The Washington Post. So far, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has invested at least $3.4 billion in public education donations in the U.S., mostly to build on Common Core State Standards.
Microsoft has brought back the Classic IntelliMouse. The Classic IntelliMouse is a wired mouse that has elements of design similar to the IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0, which was released over 10 years ago. The Classic IntelliMouse is USB 2.0 full speed compatible, hits 1000 reports per second, the ability to track on glass and it has 5 buttons.
To celebrate the release of Super Lucky’s Tale on November 7th, the Xbox team created a custom hot air balloon that took off at The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. On the Mixer Xbox Channel, people were able to see a live stream at 1,200 feet in the sky. This set the Guinness World Records for “Highest-altitude Gaming Stream.” The live stream was hosted by Microsoft Studios Community Manager Rukari Austin. Super Lucky’s Tale is an Xbox Play Anywhere game so people that buy it can play it on Xbox gaming consoles and PCs.