Software Development

Software rivalry Easter Eggs revealed

By Greg Shultz

While battles between software companies usually take place in the marketing arena, some of these battles have been waged in Easter Eggs hidden away in software.

In this gallery, we’ll take a look at the Easter Egg battle waged by Word against WordPerfect and the Easter Egg battle between Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator.

About

Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.

20 comments
jblm
jblm

Well er... somewhat late to post that. Does Greg still use Word 2.0?

MikeGall
MikeGall

Is it just me or does Word 2.0 have a striking resemblence to a bunch of open source editors about ~5 years ago, eg. AbiWord about 10 years behind. Now open source editors IMHO are "only about 4 years behind as far as new features and eye candy are concerned. Getting there.

chaneys
chaneys

The about:Mozilla still gives the blue screen in IE7.

nighthawk808
nighthawk808

These are not synonymous. The Internet can survive without the WWW (I've been there way back in the day), but not vice versa. The WWW is a layer that rides on top of the Internet and relies on it for its transportation. A car is not the same thing as a road just because cars ride on roads, and we don't call the US federal highway system a "car".

mathias_r2
mathias_r2

Do it in Navigator 9.0 and you get "And thus the Creator looked upon the beast reborn and saw that it was good. From The Book of Mozilla, 8:20"

teyoung68
teyoung68

Check it out on Firefox. the "egg" is still there.

Nodisalsi
Nodisalsi

Close all Office programs. Open a blank Word document. Type 1/4 followed by space It will automatically change to the ? character. Hold down ctrl and press Y What should happen is ? is repeated - but no, Word exits immediately! I've never seen any program in Windows crash as fast and unrecoverable as this.

spydercanopus
spydercanopus

Neat article but I could have gotten a much richer experience had the photos been animated or just record it as a video.

1PebKac
1PebKac

I tried it in 6 and 7 and do not get any of the pages, but my FireFox works and shows the page just fine.

Greg Shultz
Greg Shultz

I suppose that technically you are correct. What I meant was that not many people use the term "World Wide Web" anymore and that the most common term now seems to be "Internet."

Bishkin
Bishkin

its still there in IE6

heatheriac
heatheriac

Didn't Microsoft get in big trouble about the easter eggs they had in Windows and such, and were told they couldn't have any "undocumented features" in any of their software anymore

bluesrenegade
bluesrenegade

Apart from all the mainframe guys on the internet, some of us were on the internet on the early microcomputers: Northstar (CP/M), Apple Plus, Commodore VICs, TRaSh-80s, TI's, Osborns, Kays, etc. I still remember using Control character keystrokes (Device codes) to get around Compuserve and GEnie. Quantumlink for Commodore users was graphical, so we got spoiled, all the while running at 300 baud. When 1200 baud came out, it was a big deal to be able to run 4x times faster than 300 baud. That was an exciting advance in its day. The internet was very much alive (and global) before http and the world wide web. Anyway, Greg, thanks for sharing those Easter Eggs.

rpolunsky
rpolunsky

I tried it in IE7 and just got a Navigation cancelled message

Penguin_me
Penguin_me

Yes, they did get into trouble, but that was from the various American security/surveillance etc. (i.e. CIA, NSA etc.) because by having easter eggs in they have added in - as you rightly said - "undocumented features" that could compromise the security of whatever they happen to be working on. Edit: I think (not sure though) that the various agencies who complained actually get a different version to the rest of us - namely because XP has well documented easter eggs.

Stargzer
Stargzer

... just paste res://mshtml.dll/about.moz into the address box.

lucien86
lucien86

Just tried about:mozilla in Netscape 9.0.0.4 and got the book of Mozilla 8:20 message. Then I tried it in IE and it gave the "Navigation to webpage was cancelled" message - it then crashed - beautiful !!

Matthew.Bartlett
Matthew.Bartlett

I've not opened IE7 to verify, but out of curiosity I tried it in Firefox 2.0.9 and the about:mozilla still brings up the "Book of Mozilla 7:15" 'passage.' :o) I love this kind of silliness, always amazes me what kind of crap geeks can do to waste time at work - and how so much of it is likely known (or at some point learned about) to the bosses who are too much of geeks to put an end to it. I am glad they don't, it humors me all too often. :o)

ryan8374
ryan8374

about:mozilla is only for netscape/mozilla/firefox browsers. I don't know about netscape, but the firefox browser also has... about:cache about:config update: Microsoft disabled the bluescreen in sp2. ...for those who wish to re-enable the link add a string value in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\AboutURLs called mozilla with the value res://mshtml.dll/about.moz wiki article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Book_of_Mozilla

dirtylaundry
dirtylaundry

latest version of firefox shows the last screen image easter egg