Microsoft Releases Vista Hotfix for Obama

Barack ObamaHotfixes are commonly released to patch issues with an OS, and I have links to over 700 Vista hotfixes on this site. Most hotfixes deal with some sort of ‘bug’, but Microsoft has now released a hotfix related to presidential candidates, supermodels, and NBA stars.

Anyone that’s used a word-processor has probably used, and loved, the built in dictionary. Windows Vista has a built in dictionary used by some of its programs, like Windows Mail. It’s obvious to most that every word, especially proper nouns like peoples names, can’t be in the dictionary, and will be listed as misspelled since the dictionary can’t confirm it’s an existing word. I get this constantly with my last name. Until today, a few famous people had the same issue, but no more! Microsoft has released a hotfix that simply inserts five additional words into it’s Windows Vista dictionary.

Here is a list of the five words, and my best guess as to what they mean, based off a Google search on each:

  • Friendster: A social networking site
  • Klum: Heidi Klum, a German supermodel
  • Nazr: Nazr Mohammad, an NBA player
  • Obama: Barack Obama, U.S. presidential candidate
  • Racicot: Marc Racicot, U.S. politician

The knowledgebase article points to a different article, over a year old, that noted this same issue with Microsoft Office 2003. For kicks I typed all these terms into Microsoft Word 2007 and the spelling checker was aware of them. This has to make you ask, what are the qualifications for getting added to these dictionaries?

3 Replies to “Microsoft Releases Vista Hotfix for Obama”

  1. This hotfix, at 58MB (x86) and 65MB (x64), has to be the hands-down most bloated one ever to be released by MS, all to fix a total of 5 English proper nouns. I suspect it wasn’t the celebrity of the names themselves that warranted correction, but the suggested corrections. I’m sure that “Nazi” was the suggested correction for “Nazr”.

  2. Unfortunately, spell checkers can’t weed out homonyms. The author of the article needs to learn the difference between “it’s,” the contraction of “it is” (used correctly in the phrase “the dictionary can’t confirm it’s an existing word”) and the possessive form of “it,” which is “its” without the apostrophe (which should have been used in the sentence “Windows Vista has a built in dictionary used by some of it’s programs.).

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