Used as a nickname for Microsoft Corp. (a Redmond WA-based company) commonly in alternative media with ties to opensource software.
Also commonly found as "The Vole".
Prairie voles are small rodents that live in the wild and resemble to little rats or hamsters.
See also: voleware
Source: The Inquirer - www.theinquirer.net
MICROSOFT IS scratching its head as to why no-one its taking up its mega-patch SP2 for Windows XP.
Vole had expected more than 100 million people to download the patch by now but figures indicate that only 20 million have bothered to do so.