Holy cow, I wrote a book!
If you see a fake name in a Microsoft sample web site,
sample code, or sample documentation,
you'll probably find that it's usually one from a small set of names.
A sample corporation is typically called
A sample store is typically
(For a few weeks, they used Wingtip Toys on
Windows Live Local.)
A sample bank is
And a sample software company is
(There are other fake names, but these are the ones you're most likely
Where did these fake names come from?
The Trademark Group in Microsoft's legal department.
The Trademark Group performed background checks on these names
and cleared them for use as fictitious entities by Microsoft
samples and documentation.
The web sites for all of these "companies" redirect to the main
Microsoft home page.
Having a pool of "standard fake names" means that Microsoft samples
and documentation don't run into the problem of
a fake URL turning into a porn site.