Microsoft's Other OS-tans

By Nopy

When Microsoft first released Windows 7 in Japan, they shocked the otaku community by including the first ever official OS-tan, Nanami Madobe. Since then, Nanami Madobe fanart has been popping up on the internet every once in a while, but did you know that Microsoft has since released six more OS-tans?

On December 18, 2009 Microsoft began a month-long Bing promotion in Japan where users would be given a present for using the Bing search engine a certain number of times. That present turned out to be 5 more OS-tan themes that you can install on Windows 7. The new OS-tans (pictured below) from the left working clockwise are: Nanako, Nanae, Nanao, Nanami, and Nana.

In case you’re wondering, the word “nana” means seven in Japanese, but also makes up the beginning of several names. They all have either the Windows logo, “bing”, or “W7” somewhere on their body, but each of them represents a character archetype commonly seen in anime. Nanako is the childhood friend, Nanae is the office lady, Nanao is the tomboy, Nanami is the robot/android, and Nana is the little sister.

Those of you familiar with anime character types may be asking where the eyecandy girl is. Well, on September 27 Microsoft unveiled Hikaru Aizawa, the OS-tan for Silverlight. A busty blonde girl, Hikaru fits the eyecandy role perfectly.

She also seems to be more fun than the other OS-tans, even dressing up in a new costume for Halloween this year.

With Microsoft churning out all of these OS-tans, you have to wonder how many more are going to come out. Personally, I’d like to see Microsoft make a tsundere-type OS-tan, and if they do, I wonder what they’ll have it represent.

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Nopy is an engineer and a rabid fan of anime. He also enjoys collecting anime figures, reading manga, and viewing artwork from anime/manga artists. Nopy began blogging about anime in 2008 and joined the Forever Geek team in 2009. Besides anime and manga, he also enjoys the occasional video game and catching the latest internet memes.

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