What in the heck were they THINKING?!!!
Do this RIGHT NOW, so you Understand it, it's simple:
Right-click on the Desktop
Create a new Shortcut
Point the location of the item to any executable... such as: c:\windows\system32\calc.exe
Name the shortcut, for example, www.microsoft.com
Start Internet Explorer (IE5 and IE6 work best)
Type "www.microsoft.com" into the address bar
Enjoy. OR Be SICKENED by this.
IF you don't know why you'd be sickened, GO HERE for a lengthy technical explanation