Microsoft Plays Practical Joke On People To Convince Them They Like Vista

from the talk-about-getting-desparate dept

It's no secret that Microsoft has a bit of a problem on its hands concerning the general public's impression of Microsoft Vista. The fact that people regularly joke about "upgrading" to the previous OS version, XP, is clearly an issue for the company. So what did it do? Apparently, it played a bit of a practical joke on people, getting them to play around with Vista, while pretending it was an early version of the OS that will come after Vista. Microsoft was clearly trying to get quotes out of people about how cool it looked -- and the company carefully made sure to get users of a wide variety of operating systems (Mac, Linux, Windows XP and Windows 2000, according to the site). While it might come across as a neat little publicity stunt, it does give you a sense of just how bad Microsoft's initial marketing campaign was. In order to make up for it, the company had to trick people into trying out Vista. Ouch.

Filed Under: operating system, practical joke, vista, xp
Companies: microsoft


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    Joe K, 28 Jul 2008 @ 1:19pm

    Vista == BAD?!?

    No operating system should ever need 1GB of memory to run. period. 1 GB to run at a "meets expectations" level. 2 GB to run smoothly.

    Vista is definitely eye candy. In my experiences as IT support I make the following declaration. If you are a standard user Vista is fine. If you are a super user VISTA blows. Nothing is where it has resided FOREVER. The annoying security nonsense it pure stupidity.

    So you can hate vista all you want but you either use it or use another OS. Those are your choices and if you knee jerk reaction is " doesn't run" then shut and use vista if on the other hand your main concern is MS Office for productivity because your corporate entity sold its soul to MS years ago then you have plenty of options. Linus, Solaris, Unbuntu, OSX. All are great slick looking interfaces with either great office analogs (OPEN OFFICE) or actual version of MS office to use.

    So if you hate make changes to avoid the object of your hate. Personally I feel Vista is a bloated resource pig on a PC and the next version will only be worse. But it will include multi-touch so that should atone for its insufferable shortcomings.

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