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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    CVPunk, 28 Jul 2008 @ 1:50pm

    what's the big deal?

    I guess I just don't get what the big deal is all about.
    If you don't like Vista, don't use it. Nobody is holding a gun to your head. I myself do not use Vista, but my IT boss uses it and has no problems. (except with a certain version of VNC) My parents use Vista on their laptop and I haven't heard any complaints from them.
    I have 3 computers at home, one running Kubuntu 8.04 with KDE4, one running a dual boot of XP/OpenGeu, and my daughters computer that runs Edubuntu.
    Only 2 things kept me from getting Vista when I built my last pc. 1) I hate defragging a HD (don't have to with Linux)
    2) The price.

    but, like I said... if you don't like it, don't use it.
    Simple as that.

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