Apparently no one at Microsoft is getting into trouble over the mysterious, tiny image discovered in the Windows Vista DVD hologram. The company says it was not an internal prank but rather an anti-counterfeiting measure. Microsoft product manager Nick White explains the situation in this post on the Windows Vista team blog:
"The real story is interesting, but conspiracy theorists will be disappointed to learn that it is not the result of a deliberate attempt to deceive. The photo displays members of the team who worked on the Windows Vista DVD hologram design. Microsoft's Anti-Piracy Team designed a counterfeit-resistant digital "watermark" for the non-encoded surface of Windows Vista DVDs. The photo in question is only one of multiple images contained in the hologram design, all of whose inclusion serves to make it more difficult to replicate a Windows Vista DVD."