Vista DVD Easter Egg

Microsoft is no stranger to Easter Eggs since most of their products seem to have something weird that is itching to be found sooner or later. Instead of being a software Easter Egg, a new route has been taken and could prove to be a very widespread joke…if you have a magnifying glass.

If you happened to purchase a Windows Vista DVD there are a lot of fancy looking "holograms" placed around the outer edge to make it easier for users to notice when they are purchasing an illegal copy of the operating system. On the Windows logo along the outer-rim of the DVD is an extremely small image of three people (as seen above).

There is no word on who these people are, and how many DVD’s their image has been placed on, but I’m sure a lot of people will be checking their DVD’s now. I wish I had a retail DVD laying around to check myself, but my copy of Vista was provided by my university so I had to burn my own DVD.

So the question is…who are the three people in the image? Microsoft apparently doesn’t want to say who it is, or maybe they didn’t even know that the image was on the DVD? Word is that the image is not on recent "prints" of the DVD, and that you would need one of the copies made available closer to when Vista launched.

The Windows Vista Blog cleared some things up: "The photo displays members of the team who worked on the Windows Vista DVD hologram design. Microsoft’s Anti-Piracy Team designed a counterfeit-resistant digital "watermark" for the non-encoded surface of Windows Vista DVDs. The photo in question is only one of multiple images contained in the hologram design, all of whose inclusion serves to make it more difficult to replicate a Windows Vista DVD."

Source: I2D [via Sugiero]