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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    ThinkCube, 28 Jul 2008 @ 1:48pm

    I agree with the first post and the other Vista lovers

    The perfect example is post #3. You got your hands on a copy of Vista and put it on hardware that isn't suppose to run it. Then you say it sucks and went back to your restore cd's and load the OS your hardware is suppose to run. Go update your hardware! Every so often an OS has to leap hardware otherwise you get the same old OS in a different package(win2000 and XP). If you ran into trouble it is because your hardware vendor and most likely the video vendor didn't bother to update its drivers or they just decided if people want it they have to buy it. Most users now days won't be custom building a machine and those who bought one with Vista all know it runs fine because what ever brand they bought made sure it had compatible hardware. If your in the technology game then you have to be better than to take what is spoon fed to you. Every OS has growing pains when it comes to hardware. You don't see any MAC users trying to put Tiger on there old IMac do you. No! because the hardware isn't supported. Do you think we will ever get to 64 bit processing without someone forging a path against the neh sayers. My Vista laptop rocks and I have put it through some paces that would have killed the XP OS. it didn't rock at first though. I had to get rid of the bloatware that HP put on it. I wonder how many people have blamed Vista because of what the computer Manufacturer put on the machine. Vista rocks. Keep moving forward and don't go back.

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