Recently, BBC News asked the daft question: Is your operating system a girl? It chose a number of Manga characters to illustrate its question. This one is the official Microsoft Taiwan Silverlight mascot, named Aizawa Hikaru. She's a cute, young, busty, wide-eyed innocent in frilly knickers and stocking tops. It's enough to make Yankee feminists froth at the gills! The BBC text too (title link). All that us Westerners get from Microsoft is a soppy puppy that wags its tail if you try to search your PC for something. I guess it's a case of When in Rome do as the Romans do. In the Orient it's Manga.