Windows 7 beta gets a mascot

There's a reason Microsoft chose the specific fish it did for the desktop wallpaper in this version of Windows 7.

The Windows 7 beta features the Siamese fighting fish, also known as a betta fish. Ina Fried/CNET News

Look closely at the desktop when you boot up Windows 7 for the first time. That's not just any fish you see on the desktop.

It's a specific type of Siamese fighting fish, also known as a betta fish. Get it?

Although pronounced like the Greek letter beta, the fish gets its name "from ikan bettah, taken from a local dialect of Thailand," according to Wikipedia.

For the record, I'm no fish expert, but as I was re-installing Windows 7 last night, my partner, AJ, turned to me and said, "Hey, it's a betta fish." Following the old journalism adage "trust, but verify," I double-checked with Microsoft.

Two points for AJ.

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    During her years at CNET News, Ina Fried has changed beats several times, changed genders once, and covered both of the Pirates of Silicon Valley. These days, most of her attention is focused on Microsoft. E-mail Ina.

     

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