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Microsoft today announced that from next Monday it will be known as "Moft". It has decided on the name-change in order to create more space on users' hard drives. In an independent survey, Forrester Research has 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 etc. After the change, a user will have about 14 MB more disk space. Stock prices of hard drive manufacturers dipped slightly after this morning's announcement.

"Our programs will take up less space on the user's disk," said Bill Gates, CEO of Moft. "The change will allow us to ship Windows 2000 on 36 floppy disks instead of 45, thus saving about $150 million a year in media costs. We are also looking at shortening the names of some of our software products. For instance the forthcoming 'Microsoft Windows 2000' will be known as 'Moft Win2K'. 'Microsoft Exchange' may be changed to 'Moft Pit', 'Microsoft Power Point' to 'Moft Plug', 'Microsoft Total Windows Entertainment Pack' to 'Moft Old Games' and 'Microsoft Internet Explorer' to 'Moftie'."

Gates denied that the move was because of problems with the alleged long filename support in Windows, which still uses 8.3 filenames underneath. He did admit, however, that "MICROS~1" did look a little ugly. He added that the junior programmer who discovered the potential savings has been rewarded with a free copy of 'Moft Off for Moft Win2K'.

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