Fun_People Archive
26 Jun
Microsoft aquires Microsoft Acquires

Date: Mon, 26 Jun 95 10:31:47 PDT
From: Peter Langston <psl>
To: Fun_People
Subject: Microsoft aquires Microsoft Acquires

Forwarded-by: (Gene "Chief Yuckster" Spafford)
From: (Joshua Goodman)
Newsgroups: rec.humor.funny

	Microsoft aquires Microsoft Acquires

	by Joshua Goodman

REDMOND WASHINGTON (AP) -- MICROSOFT announced that it, like thousand
of computer users everywhere, was tired of spoofs of Microsoft
Acquires.  Users of the internet have been bombarded in recent months
by spoof announcements of "Microsoft Acquires."  Recent announcements
have included Microsoft acquiring Christmas, the year 1995, and the
Vatican.  Therefore, Microsoft spokesmen announced today that they had
acquired the rights to all further "Microsoft Acquires" announcements.

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said, during a brief appearance at the
announcement, "Everytime someone puts one of those d_mned 'Microsoft
Announces' spoofs on the net, 300 people forward it to me.  This
should put a stop to that.  And really, they're not that funny.
They're just not."

Industry analysts had mixed reviews.  One analyst Martin Sierpinsky,
believed that the effect of this latest announcement would be minimal.
"Spoof writers will simply switch to another topic, such as 'IBM lays
off elves' or something."  But another industry analyst, who spoke on
condition of anonymity, said "This spells the end of competition in
humor about Microsoft.  Microsoft will now control the entire
Microsoft Humor niche.  They probably see this as a foothold into the
Computer Humor market.  I think they will next attempt to acquire
exclusive rights to the Hackers Dictionary."  David Wiborg said "I
don't think it's that significant.  I think the 'Microsoft Acquires'
thing was just a fad.  In fact, a recent Gallop poll of
'Rec.humor.funny' readers ranked 'Microsoft Acquires' jokes above
Mouse Balls, but below Iraqi Driver's Ed."

Microsoft stock closed up 3/8 of a point yesterday on heavy trading.

[=] © 1995 Peter Langston []