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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    Old_Paranoid, 28 Jul 2008 @ 2:06pm

    Vista runs well

    I will first disclose that I have been doing security work for Microsoft for the past 4+ years, much of that time on Vista and Server 2K8.

    By the time that Microsoft released Vista, it was quite good - but there were a lot of bad drivers. SP1 dealt with the most annoying issues (such as file copy speed) and the drivers caught up. Now, Vista works well, frequently on quite old hardware. I have 3 Vista systems at home. 2 are modern systems with 2 GBytes of RAM and Core 2 Duo processors. The surprising thing is that I have Vista Home Basic running on old Windows ME box that I had upgraded to XP. It has a 1.7 P4, 768 MBytes or RAM, an old nVidia card, and I had to replace the CD/DVD, network card, and sound card as drivers were not available). It is responsive for general browsing and application useage.

    As for the complaints about UAC, I don't hit them frequently and I find that PCBSD's sudo popups for installation to be at least as annoying.

    As you might expect, I don't allow my kids to run as administrator. They run as normal users.

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