Bliss is the name of the default computer wallpaper of Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system. Over the next decade it was claimed to be the most viewed photograph in the world during that time. In January 1996 former National Geographic photographer Charles O’Rear was on his way from his home in St. Since it was not pertinent to the wine-country book, O’Rear made it available through Corbis as a stock photo, available for use by any interested party willing to pay an appropriate licensing fee. Microsoft said they wanted not just to license the image for use as XP’s default wallpaper, but to buy all the rights to it.