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Contoso also known as Contoso Ltd. 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.[2] The joke was a response to the 2010 whitepaper listed above. In response to this joke, the Why Microsoft Blog responded saying that Contoso has lured by Google from promises of "proven cost savings".[3]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Contoso has gone Google". Official Google enterprise Blog. 2011-04-01. Retrieved 2011-11-26. 
  3. ^ "Contoso Fooled By Google, Returns to Microsoft". Tony Tai. 2012-03-30. Retrieved 2013-11-04.