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Microsoft today announced that from next Monday
will be known as "Moft". It has decided on the name-change in order to
more space on users' hard drives. In an independent survey, Forrester
has estimated that a typical Windows 95 installation contains about
iterations of the word "Microsoft", in copyright notices, end-user licence
agreements, 'About' screens etc. After the change, a user will have about 14
more disk space. Stock prices of hard drive manufacturers dipped slightly
this morning's announcement.
"Our programs will take up less space on the user's disk," said Bill Gates,
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
looking at shortening the names of some of our software products. For
the forthcoming 'Microsoft Windows 2000' will be known as 'Moft Win2K'.
'Microsoft Exchange' may be changed to 'Moft Pit', 'Microsoft Power Point'
'Moft Plug', 'Microsoft Total Windows Entertainment Pack' to 'Moft Old
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
admit, however, that "MICROS~1" did look a little ugly. He added that the
programmer who discovered the potential savings has been rewarded with a
copy of 'Moft Off for Moft Win2K'.