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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    Systems Administrator - Knowledge(high), 28 Jul 2008 @ 1:32pm

    Vista is fine

    you vista haters are full of ish. i have used vista since it came out and have experienced just as great of stability as XP. vista only lacked driver support early on but i never had any problems getting my printer and scanner to work. for the gamers out there - Vista is better because it provides D10, great stability and is in fact faster than XP. go look at the newer benchmarks indeed! no, you dont need 4GB of RAM to run Vista. i game with 2GB of memory but it does help to be a smart consumer and buy a laptop/desktop with a decent video card or IGP solution that isnt made by intel the majority of people that dont like vista is because they didnt want to take the time to learn something new since it introduced so many changes at once. i know this because i am a systems administrator and i have numerous users afraid of computers and still dont know jack about XP

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