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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  1. identicon
    Ed, 28 Jul 2008 @ 1:27pm

    Re: Re: Getting annoyed by this

    I just don't get it. I've worked on a whole bunch of Vista systems (~20+) of different brands and models and every single one is slow as dirt. I don't know what kinda gear you guys that claim it boots faster than XP are using, but that's straight-up hogwash. Vista takes forever to boot. We're not talking about resuming from sleep here folks. My favorite - on a new Vista system after unboxing, after waiting forever for that P.O.S. to load, you get to a screen that says "Please wait while Vista tests your system performance" and it takes.... for.... ever. OH. MY. GOD. I want to puke. Get me to the frickin' desktop already! I don't care about your silly performance ratings! Other posters have already hit all the main points - slow as dirt, needs WAY TOO MUCH RAM, they've rearranged everything, it's just a joke. Microsoft has admitted to making User Account crap annoying on purpose! Turn it off and you get warned that you turned it off. Oh, transferring files... another beauty. S...l....o....w...

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