FileTitle: Prose1757.html
Category: Humor
Type: Prose
Description: Microsoft Press Release
Microsoft today announced that it will be changing its name to "Moft"
which will clear up space on users' hard disks. It is estimated that a
typical Windows 95 installation contains about 2,842,597 iterations of
the word "Microsoft", in copyright notices, end-user licence
agreements, 'About' screens, as well as several multi-megabyte files
containing nothing else (the so-called ego.dll series), etc. So, after
the change, a user will have about 14 MBytes more disk space. Stock
prices of hard-disk manufacturers dipped slightly after the
announcement.

"Well, the programs will take up less space on the user's disk," said
Bill Gates, CEO of Moft. "But we have never cared about that. The
change will allow us to ship Windows 95 on 13 disks instead of 14,
thus saving about $50 million a year in media costs. We are also
looking at shortening the names of some of our software products; for
instance 'The Microsoft Exchange' may be changed to 'The Moft Pit'.
Gates denied that the move was because of problems with the alleged
long filename support in Win95 which still uses 8.3 filenames
underneath. He did admit, however, that "MICROSO~1" did look a little
ugly.

Gates added that the junior programmer who discovered the potential
savings has been rewarded with a free copy of 'Moft Off for Moft Win
95'.