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Want to learn about all the new features in Microsoft Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010? Microsoft has launched a fictional research and development company, Allure Bay Corp., and the fake company’s website is chock full of Easter eggs to demonstrate the new features of Microsoft’s latest software releases. Embark on the hunt by clicking the projector at the end of the introductory video.
Some of the Easter eggs will lead to more of these unconventional and entertaining videos, where you’ll see the software in action as the loveable — if odd — employees of Allure Bay Corp. use it. As you discover Easter eggs, more areas of the site will be revealed, as well as additional information about Microsoft’s newest products.
Some of the Easter eggs are a little obvious, like a banner that will randomly pop up proclaiming you the one millionth visitor, while others will take some ingenuity to find. Try searching for SOS — in Morse code. They can’t make them all too easy, can they?!
An Easter egg that displays the names of all the volcanoes in the United States is found in the '3Dtext' screensaver on all versions of Microsoft Windows including it prior to Windows XP. Windows 2000 and XP have an undocumented texture in the pipes (sspipes.scr) screensaver that makes the pipes red and white similar to candy canes. The modern-era has brought about a new definition for the term “Easter Egg”. Today, it can refer to hidden features, placed secretly within a technology’s software or hardware. While most major tech developers now include some form of Easter egg in their products, Microsoft’s recent focus on Windows 10 has resulted in a regular stream of updates and new Easter eggs. Probably not according to MS, but I just happend to read this article last night. It might provide an 'unofficial' way of doing it: Uncover uber Easter eggs by combining Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010. Office 2000 (Used in both final version of Binder, and Shortcut Bar in the easter egg).
If simply searching for those Easter eggs isn’t enough, maybe a little competition will entice you. When you register, you’ll be added to a leaderboard that tracks how many Easter eggs you’ve found. If you get stuck, you can find clues via the Allure Bay Corp. Twitter feed that is updated regularly.
Not sure where to begin? The video below should start you down the right path to discovering those hidden treasures, and get you moving up that leaderboard.
(This post is brought to you by Allure Bays Corp., a microsite designed by Microsoft Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010. For more information on sponsored posts read here.)
An Easter Egg is a little surprise hidden in a software program, a gift from the programmers to you. Discovering an Easter Egg is always fun. We've adapted these from ones DDM found on The Easter Egg Archive. Please visit them, and support their advertisers.
Access 97 or 2000
Open Access 2000.
Create a new database, or open an existing one.
Create a new Macro.
Without entering any commands, save the macro as “Magic Eight Ball” (no quotes, not case sensitive).
Close the macro.
Drag the macro you just created up to the toolbar. It will create an Icon that looks like a magic eight ball.
Ask yourself a question and click on it!
Open Access 97.
Either create a new database or open an existing one.
Create a table
Save it as 'Go Speed Racer Go' (no quotes, not case sensitive).
Select About Microsoft Access from the Help menu.
Right Double Click the Access logo.
See the people who brought you Access 97.
Open Excel 2000.
Select Save as Web Page from the File menu.
Select Save Selection:Sheet and Add Interactivity.
Save the .htm file.
Load the .htm page with IE. You should have Excel in the middle of the page.
Scroll to row 2000, column WC. Select row 2000, and tab so WC is the active column.
Press CTRL+ALT+SHIFT and click the Office logo in the upper-left.
If you have DirectX, you will be taken to an arcade-style racing game. Use the arrow keys to drive, space to fire, O to drop oil slicks, and, when it gets dark, H for headlights. Go ahead, indulge that road rage!
Open Excel 97.
On a new Worksheet, Press F5.
Type “X97:L97” (no quotes, not case sensitive) and press Enter.
Press the Tab key.
Hold Ctrl+Shift and click the Chart Wizard button on the Standard toolbar.
You are flying above a dark, mysterious world. Use the mouse to fly around. Click the left button to go forward, or the right to go backward. Watch for the scrolling marquee on the side of a hill.
FrontPage 97, 98, or 2000
Open FrontPage (in FrontPage 98 or 97, open FrontPage Explorer).
Press and hold Shift.
Select About Microsoft FrontPage from the Help menu 3 times. Click OK the first 2 times.
See the people who brought you FrontPage.
Open Outlook 2000.
Type 'Ren Hoek' (no quotes) in the Find a Contact box on the toolbar and press Enter. Outlook will say that it cannot find the requested contact.
Select Macro from the Tools menu, then Macros from the submenu.
In the Macro Name: box, type 'OL2KRocks' (no quotes).
The About Microsoft Outlook dialog box appears.
Press CTRL+ALT+SHIFT and click OK.
The Outlook 2000 team credits appear, along with a game. Use the Up and Down arrow keys to catch the names in the mailbox.
Open PowerPoint 2000.
Select About Microsoft PowerPoint from the Help menu.
Press CTRL+ALT+SHIFT and double-click the PowerPoint logo.
See the people who brought you PowerPoint 2000.
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Open PowerPoint 97
Select About Microsoft PowerPoint from the Help menu.
Hold Ctrl+Shift+Alt and click the horizontal line under the licensing information three times.
See the people who brought you PowerPoint 97.
Open Word 2000.
Press F1 or click the Microsoft Word Help toolbar button.
Type 'Cast' (no quotes) under What would you like to do?
Click the Microsoft Office 2000 User Assistance Staff topic.
Click the graphic in the Microsoft Word Help screen.
See the people who brought you Word help.
Select About Microsoft Word from the Help menu.
Press CTRL+ALT+SHIFT and click the horizontal line at the bottom of the dialog box. East london line.
The Microsoft Word 2000 logo appears. Left-click it to close it.
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