Chair, CEO and all-around babe magnet Bill Gates announced yesterday the introduction of a new product for Windows 95: Microsoft Panhandling.
"The idea came to me the other day when a homeless man asked me for
" recalls Gates.
"I suddenly realized that we were missing a golden
opportunity. Here was a chance to make a profit without any initial
monetary investment. Naturally, this man then became my competition, so
I had my limo driver run over him several times.
Microsoft engineers have been working around the clock to complete Gates' vision of panhandling for the 21st century.
"We feel that our program designers really understand how the poor and
needy situation works,
" says Microsoft Homeless product leader Bernard
Microsoft Panhandling will be automatically installed with Windows 95.
At random intervals, a dialog box pops up, asking the user if they could
spare any change so that Microsoft has enough money to get a hot meal.
"This is a little lie,
" admits software engineer Adam Miller,
our diet consists of Coke and Twinkies, but what panhandler doesn't
embellish a little?
") The user can click Yes, in which case a random
amount of change between $.05 and $142.50 is transferred from the user's
bank account to Microsoft's. The user can also respond No, in which case
the program politely tells the user to have a nice day. The
has not yet been implemented.
"We're experiencing a little trouble programming the No button,
"but we should definitely have it up and running within the
next couple of years. Or at least by the time Windows 2014 comes out.
Gates says this is just the start of an entire line of products.
"Be on the lookout for products like Microsoft Mugging, which either
takes $50 or erases your hard drive, and Microsoft Squegee Guy, which
will clean up your Windows for a dollar.
" (When Microsoft Squegee Guy
ships, Windows 95 will no longer automatically refresh your windows.)
But there are competitors on the horizon. Sun Microsystems and Oracle Corporation are introducing panhandling products of their own.
"Gates is a few tacos short of a combination platter, if you get my
" says Oracle Head Honcho and 3rd degree black belt Larry Ellison.
"I mean, in the future, we won't need laptop computers asking you for
change. You'll have an entire network of machines asking you for money.
Gates responded with,
"I know what you are, but what am I?
pandemonium then ensued.