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Contoso also known as Contoso Ltd. and Contoso University is a fictional company used by Microsoft as an example company and domain.


Contoso and its website,, are used in documentation and help files for many Microsoft products. Contoso's website redirects to Examples of its usage include:

Contoso employees[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

On April 1, 2011, an April Fool's Day joke from Google Enterprise said that Contoso abandoned many of Microsoft's technologies in favor of Google Apps.[6] The joke was a response to the 2010 whitepaper listed above. In response to this joke, the Why Microsoft Blog responded saying that Contoso was lured from Google by promises of "proven cost savings".[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Look Before You Leap into Google Apps" (PDF). Microsoft Download Center. Microsoft Corporation. February 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "OneNote: Search notes instantly". Microsoft Office. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Exchange Advanced Settings for Mailbox-Enabled Recipients". Microsoft TechNet. 9 July 2007. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "How to use the Table Storage Service". Windows Azure. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
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  6. ^ "Contoso has gone Google". Official Google enterprise Blog. 1 April 2011. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Contoso Fooled By Google, Returns to Microsoft". Tony Tai. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 

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