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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    Chris, 28 Jul 2008 @ 11:48am

    Re: Re: Getting annoyed by this

    Being that GA Tech is one of the top 5 engineering schools in the nation, GT students are adequately educated.

    Bill you should consider enrolling at Tech (if you could get accepted) and learning how to tweak and cater Vista for one's computer performance and capabilities.

    Though it is not ideal to have to tweak an OS from its default condition, but I run Vista fine on laptop after a few adjustments.

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