Microsoft Bunny & The Complete List of MS Easter Eggs

For those of you that have been using computers since the 1990’s, you’ll likely remember a number of Easter Eggs embedded into a range of Microsoft applications. But do you remember all of them? This post will take you on a trip down memory lane to a time before the Trustworthy Computing Initiative of 2002, which saw Microsoft stop making the treats.

MICROSOFT BEAR (Windows 3.1 & 95)

More than just a tangible mascot of the team, Microsoft Bear made several appearances throughout Windows applications.

Microsoft Bear

Remember this little guy. His drawing was used as part of the SETDEBUG.EXE & JBGMGR system files.

Windows 3.1 also saw Microsoft Bear make two appearances, first as part of the fictitious file BEAR.EXE and another presenting the aliases of the development team in the About Program Manager: BRADSI, BILLG, STEVEB and of course T-BEAR (bonus points for guessing the other team members’ real names).


That’s right, Windows had more than one Mascot, in-fact they had three in 1995 – two bunnies and one bear. The bunnies were aptly named 16-bit bunny and 32-bit bunny. More than just a couple of nerdy names, they represented Windows 95 being “the transitional OS”.

Typing ILOVEBUNNY32=1 under the Windows section of win.ini unlocked some pretty snazzy features, including full window drag and anti-aliased fonts.



Not so fluffy, Windows 2.1 featured a WordPerfect Monster, a fireworks display and credit list in the About box. Here’s how to get that cool monster on your screen:


OFFICE 4.3 / 95 / 97

Open the “Help” file in any of these versions of Office and be amazed by some random quotes, including:

  • Plaid shirts and striped pants rarely make a positive fashion statement
  • It’s never too late to learn the piano
  • You should never look directly into the sun
  • This is the last tip (Is anyone else singing along?)


Word 97 Pinball

Things got exciting in 1997 and procrastination became an even easier skill to practice thanks to three Easter Eggs designed for game enthusiasts and time wasters Worldwide.

Excel contained a hidden flight simulator for curious minds, whereas Word 97 Pinball was a global hit amongst Office users. Perhaps our favourite though was the magic 8 ball found in Access, so popular that it also made an appearance in Office 2000.


Dev Hunter Screenshot

Dev Hunter, a 3D spy game based on classic arcade racer Spy Hunter, hidden within Excel 2000 wasn’t available to everyone and DirectX needed to be installed for it to run. But if you were lucky enough to have run the program, you’ll have been treated to some bizarre, Office 4.3 style “quotes”, here are a few of them:


For whatever reason, Microsoft seemed to get some sort of kick out of having a completely useless last tip (are you still singing along?).


Great, a list of all the volcanoes in the US, just what we all needed to know. Thankfully, all versions of MS Windows OS preceding XP show this comprehensive list in the 3D text screensaver.

Utah Teapot

What’s better than a list of Win95 developers hidden as an Easter Egg? An animated presentation complete with funky soundtrack of course. Windows 98 also contains a credit screen Egg, sadly it’s not quite as exciting as the 95 version.

Here’s one we bet you didn’t find. The Windows 95 pipe screensaver included the Utah teapot in place of the standard joint bend, of course you had to be pretty specific in the settings. Pipes needed to be multiple and standard style, joint type must be multiple and texture solid.

Windows 2000 / XP

The developers at Microsoft seemed to have a soft spot for the pipes screensaver. An undocumented texture hidden away allowed the pipes to change to barber shop stripes. Hairdressers across the globe must have gone crazy for that one right? Umm, perhaps.

Bored with losing all the time? For those in the know, the pinball game featured in 2000 & XP versions of Windows included some pretty nifty cheats. A series of keyboard shortcuts could see you shoot to the top of the leaderboard or enjoy an endless game, here’s how:

  • “H” – instant high score
  • “R” – increase rank
  • “M” – system memory
  • “Y” – frame rate
  • “1max” – extra ball
  • “gmax” – created a gravity well
  • “rmax” – go up a rank
  • “bmax” – unlimited balls for an endless game


A staple favourite of MS and time wasters everywhere, Minesweeper was also treated to an Easter Egg in 2000 & XP versions. Typing “xyzzy” and pressing enter simultaneously at the beginning of a game allowed you to see where all of the mines were. Black squares represented a mine was underneath and a white one, that there wasn’t. Not the biggest fan of Minesweeper, I can only imagine this was the most boring gaming experience ever.


Super tiny faces of the MS anti-piracy team were included on the surface of the Window’s Vista installation CD. Spotted by the eager eyes of Spanish blogger, Kwisatz, you can read more on this post by Computer World.


Blue Screen of Death High Res

If you were lucky enough to be running IE in the noughties (and let’s be honest – who wasn’t), you could get a kick out of typing “about:Mozilla” in the address bar. A blank blue screen, symbolic of the blue screen of death would appear. Hilarious.


Pictures of everyone involved in the Hover project are displayed upon completing the introductory level of Hover. A game which first appeared on the Windows 95 installation CD and is still going strong 18 years later, wow I feel old.You can still play today, give it a go.

What’s your favourite Easter Egg? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments box below, unless it’s the Minesweeper one, seriously.

We don’t offer training on any of these Easter Eggs but we do offer training on Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Access and more besides. Check our London training courses page for more details.

36.5 Office 365 Features That Will Boost Your Productivity

Formerly named Business Productivity Online Suite, Office 365 sees the introduction of a host of cool features that have the potential to increase your company’s productivity.

Office 365

With the ability to take your Office suite and put it onto the cloud, there’s huge scope for businesses to work more efficiently. Your Office can be accessed anywhere on a number of devices, including tablets and smartphones.

So, without further ado, here are 36.5 amazing features that’ll help you get the most from your Office 365  subscription:

1.       Security

Working on the cloud can be a concern for security conscious businesses. With Exchange server hosting, it continually scans for viruses and malware. Now, you can sleep safe at night in the knowledge that your email will not be compromised.

2.       Cost

Office 365 offers a range of packages, designed to fit around your business needs. With everything included, it won’t cost you more than £15 per user, per month (£150 per year).  You’ll probably spend more than that on biscuits for the office.

3.       Everything Included

Included in your £15 per user, per month, you’ll get access to pretty much everything you’d want, including: Subscription to the Office Suite across 5 devices, Office Web Apps, Office Mobile Apps, Hosted Email, Web Conferencing, Public Website, Spam & Malware Protection, and guaranteed 99.9% Uptime.

Microsoft Office 2013 Suite

4.       Work with the tools that you know

That’s right: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Access, Publisher and Lync are all available as web apps.

5.      Compatibility

Regardless of whether your employees prefer using devices running Windows 7 or later, or Mac OS X, they’ll be able to run Office 365.

6.      Cleaner, standardised navigation

Say goodbye to clutter and hello to a smooth user experience. With web apps mirroring much of the desktop application’s functionality, integration is seamless.

7.      Access your suite anywhere, on any device

One Office 5 Devices / Microsoft Office

Although late to the tablet scene and with a relatively small portion of the smartphone market, Microsoft recognises the need for its products to be available and fully functioning on a number of devices. Yes, that includes iPhone, Samsung Galaxy Note, iPad, Surface Tab and many more. Optimised for touch, a number of cool navigation tools are available to tablet & smartphone users.

8.     Great for small businesses

Office 365 offers 5 packages to suit your personal and business needs: Home Premium, Small Business Premium, Pro Plus, Enterprise & University. With up to 50 users able to be registered, small businesses can save money on unlimited packages such as Pro Plus and Enterprise and only pay for the services they need.

9.    Money back guarantee

As mentioned in #3, Microsoft guarantee 99.9% uptime, but if by some miracle, there is a problem with the server which causes more than 0.1% downtime over the course of the year, it’s refund time.

10.    On cloud nine

With no clunky servers taking up space in your office, you can trust Microsoft to safely store the majority of your data on the cloud.

11.    Service Status dashboard

Service Status Dashboard

Your IT manager will have access to a service status dashboard, showing them the performance of your services. If anything goes awry, they’ll be the first to know and can hopefully sort things before catastrophe strikes.

12.    On & Offline Working

Sync your content in SharePoint and save it to your desktop with SkyDrive Pro. With your documents just a few clicks away, you can work both on and offline. Your files will be updated soon as you have an internet connection.

13.   It’s the professional choice

Regardless of the device that your recipient is viewing your content, it’s guaranteed to render beautifully.

14.   24 / 7 IT support

It’s all in the name really, Office 365. But not confined to Office hours, highly trained support staff are on hand in community forums to answer any questions that you may have.

15.   Quickly schedule meetings

It’s never been easier to schedule meetings with the latest updates to Outlook. Save time not asking everyone to check their calendars and increase office productivity.

16.   IM, Video & Demonstrations

Microsoft Lync

Lync offers a Google+ hangout style service, enjoy instant messaging & even give demonstrations showing your desktop.

17.   “Lync” up with more than your colleagues

Invite business contacts via email and start sealing deals with the simplicity of Lync.

18.   Change your presence status with Lync

Much like Skype, but not Skype, you can let your colleagues know whether you’re available for contact. After all, there’s little more frustrating than being interrupted every two minutes when you’re working on a project.

19.   Personalise your profile photo

More than just a profile picture, your Lync display photo is the face of you, your company and all that it stands for.  You can synchronise this with a variety of social networks, online or choose an image from your desktop.

20.   Record a chat session on Lync

A special feature of Lync is the ability to record conversations. Perfect for reviewing a meeting or taking additional notes later on.

21.   Keep tabs on employees with Lync

Twinned with Lync, Outlook offers the ability to check the availability of colleagues and instantly connect with them with Lync integration.

22.   More ways to stay in touch

Aside from Lync, Outlook is a great way to communicate online, especially with the integration of social networks.


23.   Create a team alias

In the Outlook web app, select Home > Options > Groups. Click New under Public Groups I Own. Then under Display Name enter an alias for your team. Add new members by selecting Membership > Add > Select Members.

24.   Rich Outlook functionality

Mirroring the desktop version, the web application offers many of the same features, including right click access to a number of functions.

25.   SharePoint: share your stuff

Upload and publish content to SharePoint and easily share it with colleagues and business partners via a number of channels.

26.   Stay on top of projects


Utilise SharePoint, Outlook and MS Project to the max and ensure that projects are kept in line and that deadlines are met.

27.   Powerful admin page allow support staff to manage SharePoint, Lync & Exchange users

Administrators are able to configure SharePoint online in a number of ways. Giving permissions for external clients to access your account is a great feature.

28.   Sophisticated sharing

Save and Send navigation gives you the option to email, save to web, save to SharePoint, send by IM or (for MS Word) publish as a blog post.

29.   Stay connected with team site

Set up a new team site in minutes and collate your team email, documents, meeting notes and more.

30.   Create a wiki

Capture and share information in one handy place, your team site. With your whole team’s knowledge in one place, productivity is sure to improve.

31.   Build aesthetically pleasing sites

Whether it’s an intranet or an internet site, there’s a set of handy design tools available within team site to help you build great websites.

32.   Smartphone security

Office 365 on Tablet

Putting security first with mobile devices, IT managers can create passwords and control some hardware features for added security. No need to worry when a colleague misplaces their tablet.

33.   Easy to get started

Designed with business in mind, you’ll find no complicated set up processes which means that your team can get to work straight away.

34.   Work together simultaneously on Web Apps

Get things done, quick smart, with multiple users able to access and simultaneously edit using web apps. Great for Excel & PowerPoint documents, where each user can clearly see where another has made changes.

35.   It’s the complete package

no dropbox integration

With everything included in your subscription price, you need not worry about having to download further applications such as Google Drive, Dropbox or Skype.

36.   Upgrade deals

Some upgrade offers are available for those that have purchased previous versions within certain time frames.

Whether you’re familiar with the Microsoft Office suite or not, Office 365 boasts a number of benefits to your company, from simultaneous editing in web apps to 24 / 7 IT support, you’re in safe hands storing your data on the cloud.

36.5   Support 365.25 days of the year

Plus, half a reason to join the Office 365 bandwagon is that its subscription runs for the calendar year, great for leap years – you’ll get an extra day’s productivity.

What’s your favourite feature of Office 365? 

Want to use WordPowerPoint or Excel like a pro? Attend one of STL’s training courses available London and UK wide. To see ms+office+version+differences, take a little look at our infographic, What’s In & What’s Out in Office 2013.