It's simple really, and even if you don't know right away, it's obvious once you read the explanation. The name is actually a "blend word" of sorts, in which two other words combine to make one.
From a 1995 Forbes magazine interview with Microsoft cofounders Bill Gates and Paul Allen:
So why combine "micro" and "soft?" In the 1970s, before Microsoft was a thing, Gates and Allen got their start developing MICROcomputer, or MICROprocessor, SOFTware. And it was actually Allen that originally came up with the name.
The company was originally formed in 1975, but it didn't officially incorporate until years later in 1981.
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