Outlook 2010: Jailbird Bill Gates hidden in silhouette

Outlook 2010 comes with a variety of new features, including the handy People Pane, which allows users to see an overview of the person (or entity) e-mailing them. Information such as appointments, recent e-mails, and a picture of the sender are available in the pane.

Another nifty feature the pane includes is the ability to use the Outlook Social Connector to populate contact information from senders you know from social networks such as Facebook. The connector compares your friends contact information from Facebook with the information stored in Outlook, and then sorts and adds the correct information to the People Pane appropriately. If the sender doesn't have a picture associated with them, or the available connector can't find one, a default silhouette is displayed instead.

That default picture appears to be, humorously, a picture of Bill Gates with a few of the "finer details" removed. According to ArsTechnica, not only is the picture a silhouette of Gates, its from one of his not so bright moments after being arrested during a traffic stop in the 70's.

Image Credit - ArsTechnica.com

One wonders if a disgruntled developer had a play in creating the default silhouette that slipped through the cracks, or if Gates himself had a part in it. You can't help but think that the default picture on Facebook is now one of a drunken Mark Zuckerberg taken during a party he attended.

Whatever the intention, users can now have a chuckle whenever they notice the default picture on the people pane.

Thanks Sonic. for the news tip

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The only amazing thing here is the people who actually think this is real. The people that fall for these stunts are the same fools who think that Disney puts hidden sexual elements in their animated movies.

C_Guy said,
The only amazing thing here is the people who actually think this is real. The people that fall for these stunts are the same fools who think that Disney puts hidden sexual elements in their animated movies.

Uhm... I have 2010 outlook and it looks exactly like that... I'm looking at it right now... lol

C_Guy said,
The only amazing thing here is the people who actually think this is real. The people that fall for these stunts are the same fools who think that Disney puts hidden sexual elements in their animated movies.
I doubt Billy G had much to do with the image above. If it is him, then it's probably an amusing homage rather than an effort to sneak Bill into Outlook.

Regardless, you clearly have not seen The Little Mermaid and looked for those elements. Go to the part where she is getting married with the Priest on the ship. I have not seen the scene for at least 8 years, but I can still remember it. Watch the bulge on his pants. It would be far less disturbing if this stuff weren't true. Pretty sure there were extremely suspect shapes in the clouds too.

It's one thing to have a random shape appear because at some point, as an artist drawing this stuff, they are probably just somewhat thoughtlessly drawing background pieces that happen to take shape after-the-fact. But, the consistent regularity of these things in older Disney movies is just--well--stunning. There is no doubt in my mind that it really happens.

C_Guy said,
The only amazing thing here is the people who actually think this is real. The people that fall for these stunts are the same fools who think that Disney puts hidden sexual elements in their animated movies.

Is this sarcasm? Because you can clearly hear "Sou bicha" in Lion King (Portuguese for I'm gay).

But nothing is more blatant than that scene where a naked body shape appears on the window, in the background.

C_Guy said,
The only amazing thing here is the people who actually think this is real. The people that fall for these stunts are the same fools who think that Disney puts hidden sexual elements in their animated movies.
They do. Look at Lion King. Fast Forward to the part where Young Cymba is out in the field and he plops down and the wind carries the flowers. if you watch it, it does spell 'sex' - Here let me help you - LOOK!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73fCLx-mFLg

Benjamin Rubenstein said,
Whoever snuck that in should get a raise

yeah issue by Bill himself, hes a kind guy he will laugh this off!

craybox said,
Is this a slow news week that this is HOT ??

HOT is based on views over time, something which you've just added to by viewing and adding your comment

david said,
This is fake.. Photoshopped


msacras


sure... do you have outlook 2010 open? because I am looking at it right now and it looks exactly like that...

chisss said,

sure... do you have outlook 2010 open? because I am looking at it right now and it looks exactly like that...

You failed to see my sarcasm. That is why i put "msacras" it reads "sarcasm" backwards for you people who don't believe it was sarcasm. Haha, you fail.

david said,

You failed to see my sarcasm. That is why i put "msacras" it reads "sarcasm" backwards for you people who don't believe it was sarcasm. Haha, you fail.

Wow... How old are you? You even had to send me a PM to tell me this? Lol. Oh... Kids... Lol

More people should know by now that MS has a pretty good sense of humor and that they should use more of it in the TV ads imo. Just look at some of the old videos they've done for special events like PDC etc.

Trueblue711 said,
How the heck do people notice things like this?
I was wondering the same thing. I would never have imagined to dig up an old picture of Gates and try to match it up to the Outlook silhouette. Seems like a B.Gates stalker to me!!

Tim Dawg said,
I was wondering the same thing. I would never have imagined to dig up an old picture of Gates and try to match it up to the Outlook silhouette. Seems like a B.Gates stalker to me!!

Its very popular photo of Bill Gates tho, not some "random old" one.

Tim Dawg said,
I was wondering the same thing. I would never have imagined to dig up an old picture of Gates and try to match it up to the Outlook silhouette. Seems like a B.Gates stalker to me!!

LOL!

Trueblue711 said,
How the heck do people notice things like this?
These are the same type of people who listen to music backwards or play videos at 1 frame per s to see hidden words. Like the guy who watched Lion King frame by frame and discovered the part where when the leaves blew in the wind it spells 'sex'.

Its peopel like these who find 'easter eggs' a good thing for sure.

M_Lyons10 said,
I saw this in the forums. I can't picture Gates doing this... I'd be curious if he even knows it's there. LMAO

Bill Gates isn't afraid to make fun of himself, so he might know about it.

He'll know about it soon enough

rfirth said,

Bill Gates isn't afraid to make fun of himself, so he might know about it.

He'll know about it soon enough

He's definitely not afraid to make fun of himself, and he's even used this very picture in the past to that end.

Just check out the video of Bill's 'last day'.

Joshie said,

He's definitely not afraid to make fun of himself, and he's even used this very picture in the past to that end.

Just check out the video of Bill's 'last day'.


It also shows up in the first Seinfeld ad.

3rd impact said,
true! i loled at that vid. so warm and human.
unlike the other guy over at the fruit stand.

I like that...'unlike that other guy at the fruit stand'. Nice!
Here is one thing we can say about Bill Gates, dubbed several times as the 'richest man in the world', just shows not all rich guys are stuck up snooty arrongant losers like Jobs.

I got a chance to shake bill's hand when he visited us at OUR Windows 7 party. He is the only company owner whose hand I have shaken that gave a sincere handshake and not some half-assed grip, like I received from the Fiorina.

If there is any CEO i admire Bill is it. When he got locked up think of the bragging rights. I mean on the night in question he was arrested for speeding in a Porsche he was renting. How many people back then could even brag they were drinving such a car?

When you company has dominated a market single-handedly for over 3 decades, that is a lot to say. Unlike the guys at the 'fruit stand' who hasn't been on top of a single market in so long they aren't even feared. Microsoft may not be that same exact company it was back in 1985, but I can assure you this; anytime Microsoft enters ANY market they are feared, hated and respected all at the same time. Love them or hate them, Microsoft is the standard and no matter what others do, they depend wholly on the fcat WIndows has the strongest penetration on the market.

With Windows, iPod would not be where it is, iPhone will not be where it is. When phones have to sync at the desktop level; it is Windows they have to all bend down too.

TechieXP said,

I like that...'unlike that other guy at the fruit stand'. Nice!
Here is one thing we can say about Bill Gates, dubbed several times as the 'richest man in the world', just shows not all rich guys are stuck up snooty arrongant losers like Jobs.

I got a chance to shake bill's hand when he visited us at OUR Windows 7 party. He is the only company owner whose hand I have shaken that gave a sincere handshake and not some half-assed grip, like I received from the Fiorina.

If there is any CEO i admire Bill is it. When he got locked up think of the bragging rights. I mean on the night in question he was arrested for speeding in a Porsche he was renting. How many people back then could even brag they were drinving such a car?

When you company has dominated a market single-handedly for over 3 decades, that is a lot to say. Unlike the guys at the 'fruit stand' who hasn't been on top of a single market in so long they aren't even feared. Microsoft may not be that same exact company it was back in 1985, but I can assure you this; anytime Microsoft enters ANY market they are feared, hated and respected all at the same time. Love them or hate them, Microsoft is the standard and no matter what others do, they depend wholly on the fcat WIndows has the strongest penetration on the market.

With Windows, iPod would not be where it is, iPhone will not be where it is. When phones have to sync at the desktop level; it is Windows they have to all bend down too.


Great post.Thumbs up from me!