2What is an Easter Egg?A virtual Easter egg is a hidden message or featureThe name comes from the custom of finding hidden treats around Easter timeEaster Eggs can be found in many places:CDsDVDsVideo gamesComputer Programs
3A True Easter Egg has the Following Characteristics: Must have been created on purposeHidden and UndocumentedEvery user with the same product must be able to get the same results having followed instructionsNot maliciousEntertaining
4Computer Related Easter Eggs Usually an unusual change in program behaviour such as unexpected messages or graphicsOccurs in response to a stimulus such as an undocumented commandMost often found on software however some exist on hardware
5Some Popular Examples Palm Operating System has many hidden animations 1997 version of Microsoft Word contained a pinball game1997 version of Microsoft Excel contained a flight simulator2000 version of Microsoft Excel contained an arcade game called Spy Hunter
6Unfortunately…Microsoft officially banned Easter Eggs from its software shortly after the release of Microsoft Excel containing Spy HunterIt is now possible for people to get fired for creating Easter eggs due to complaints of Easter eggs being a waste of space/time etc.