List of fictional Microsoft companies

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Microsoft uses a variety of fictional companies in the documentation and training material for its products. Microsoft documentation and learning materials often contain fictional scenarios and descriptions of how their products can be deployed and used in these scenarios. Many of these companies are used in such examples. Some of the fictional companies have associated websites, almost all of which redirect to Microsoft.com.

Companies[edit]

All websites redirect to Microsoft.com, unless marked by an asterisk (*)

Name Website Usage
A. Datum Corporation adatum.com
AdventureWorks Cycles adventure-works.com
Alpine Ski House alpineskihouse.com
Awesome Computers
Baldwin Museum of Science
Blue Yonder Airlines blueyonderairlines.com*

(has been both a demo website[8] and a redirect page to microsoft.com[9] in the past, but is no longer a functional website)

  • Used as an example site for various features of Windows Installers, including embedding links in installers and creating URL based installers[10]
City Power & Light
Coho Vineyard cohovineyard.com and cohovineyarddemo2.com (cohovineyarddemo2 is no longer reachable.)*
  • Used as a demo company in early Office 365 introduction videos
Coho Winery cohowinery.com
  • Used as an example in documentation for XML Serialization [11] and Visual Basic [12]
Coho Vineyard & Winery
Consolidated Messenger
  • Used in some Microsoft Certification Exams questions
Contoso Ltd. contoso.com and contoso.net*

(contoso.net is used in Microsoft documentation, but is not owned by Microsoft)

  • Contoso.com is used as a demo domain in Microsoft Exchange training material
  • "contoso.com/Service.asmx?WSDL" is used in Microsoft InfoPath Designer 2013 when designing a "Web Service".
  • "Contoso Toolbar", a fictional toolbar, is used to demonstrate the Add-on Performance Advisor in Internet Explorer 9
  • Contoso.com is used as an example domain in virtually all Microsoft Certification Exams
  • Contoso.net is used as an example domain in the account configuration wizard from Microsoft Outlook 2007, while Contoso.com is used as an example in the help file
  • Contoso.net is used as an example domain in Microsoft Lync Server 2010 documentation[13]
  • Used as an example company in Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 sample application[14]
  • Used an example website in Internet Information Services
  • All those companies are used in Demo Dynamics AX 2012 environment and in others versions of Dynamics AX : Contoso Consulting - Contoso Consulting FR - Contoso Consulting GB - Contoso Consulting USA - Contoso Entertainment China - Contoso Entertainment Japan - Contoso Entertainment System - Contoso Entertainment System Brazil - Contoso Entertainment System Germany - Contoso Entertainment System India - Contoso Entertainment System Russia - Contoso Entertainment System USA - Contoso Group - Contoso Orange Juice - Contoso Process Industry- Contoso Retail - Contoso Retail FR - Contoso Retail USA .
Contoso Bank Contoso Bank Website
Contoso Hotel (no longer owned by Microsoft) Contoso Hotel Website
  • Contoso Hotel has been used in several Microsoft Office Tutorials, for example how to embed a PowerPoint Presentation into a website PowerPoint Tutorial Example
Contoso Pharmaceuticals
cpandl.com
  • Used as an example in documentation for XML Serialization[11]
CRONUS (Multiple)
  • Used as example company in Dynamics NAV[15]
Electronic, Inc.
Fabrikam, Inc. fabrikam.com
Fourth Coffee fourthcoffee.com and fourthcoffee1.com*
FusionTomo http://www.fusiontomo.com/
  • Demo company used in MOS certification training
Graphic Design Institute
Humongous Insurance humongousinsurance.com
Itexamworld.com
LitWare Inc. litware.com and litwareinc.com
Lucerne Publishing lucernepublishing.com
  • Used in Office 365 Training.
Margie's Travel
malvertising.info[citation needed]*
Northridge Video
Northwind Traders http://www.northwindtraders.com (defunct)
Parnell Aerospace
ProseWare, Inc. proseware.com
School of Fine Art fineartschool.net
Southbridge Video
StrikeStrike strikestrike.com*

(Site is no longer owned by Microsoft)

TailSpin Toys tailspintoys.com
  • Used by Microsoft Australia in various Team Foundation Server demo environments and training materials.
  • Used by Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System as a Demo environment.
Tasmanian Traders
The Phone Company
Trey Research Inc. treyresearch.net
The Volcano Coffee Company
  • Example website for IIS 4.0
WingTip Toys wingtiptoys.com
  • Used in the Microsoft Office Frontpage 2003 demo
  • Used in the Small Business Server test drive
Wide World Importers wideworldimporters.com
  • Used by Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System as a Demo environment supplier.
Woodgrove Bank woodgrovebank.com* No longer active.
  • Acquired with NCompass Resolution, which became Microsoft Content Management Server; used in NCompass and MCMS website demos
  • Demo site used to show security features in Internet Explorer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Simplify Single Sign-on Using ADFS". Microsoft Technet. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "ReportViewingUrl". MSDN Library. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "BizTalk Server 2010 Administrator Training Kit". Micrsoft Download Center. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "AdventureWorks Sample OLTP Database". MSDN Library. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "PerformancePoint Server 2007 Sample: Planning Data". Microsoft Download Center. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "ISP model". Microsoft Technet. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Maximizing Address Find Rates in MapPoint .NET Version 3.0". Microsoft Technet. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Blue Yonder Airlines". Archived from the original on 2009-04-06. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Blue Yonder Airlines". Archived from the original on 2009-04-06. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Hyperlink Control". Microsoft Technet. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Download a File in Visual Basic". MSDN Library. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "XmlSerializerNamespaces Class". MSDN Library. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  13. ^ "Microsoft Lync Server 2010". Microsoft. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  14. ^ "PerformancePoint Server 2007 Contoso Demo Data". Microsoft Download Center. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "CRONUS International Ltd. Demonstration Database". MSDN Library. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 
  16. ^ "How to Uninstall or Reinstall the Sample Company in Microsoft Dynamics GP When You are Using SQL Server or MSDE". Microsoft. 
  17. ^ "Update the picture on the Electronic Business Card to match the contact picture". Microsoft Office. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 

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