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by Franki

Recent news indicates that Microsoft has planned to change their directory naming structure in future versions in Windows. Specifically they are planning to remove the “my” from such names as “My Computer”, “My Documents”, “My Pictures”, “My Videos”, “My Games” and so on. The reason for this change is to bring Windows in line with Microsoft’s EULA (End User License Agreement) and the DRM (Digital Rights Management) that will be part of newer versions of Windows. Basically you don’t fully own your files, games, videos or Windows so Microsoft has pre-empted possible future criticism of their naming scheme by removing the “My” from the above mentioned names.

The new folder naming conventions will indicate their new ownership, and “My Computer” will become “This Computer” and can be taken to mean Microsoft’s computer. Likewise “Documents” can be taken to mean “Microsoft Documents” due to their proprietary formats, in the case of Music and Videos, they can be taken to mean ownership by RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) and Hollywood respectively. This bring things in line with Microsoft’s thought that ownership won’t be as important as usage in the future. “Too many people apparently got the mistaken idea that they owned the stuff stored in those folders simply because of the folder names. We had to do something to change that misconception without making too much of a public fuss about it.” said a possibly existing Microsoft employee.

For any Microsoft lawyers reading (you know who you are) here is a written explanation of the purpose of this post.

This post might be humour, (or it might not, who knows) but the name changes are apparently fact. See for yourself.








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