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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    Barkus, 28 Jul 2008 @ 2:22pm

    Tried it... Willing to wait for something better

    I put Vista Business 32-bit on a laptop here just to try it out. I loaded it up with all the same work related software I have on my XP machine. Worked like a champ for the most part. Hopped right onto our Windows 2000 server based network (Yeah I know it's old, I'm planning to upgrade all three companies later this year) and played nice with my network.

    Vista is a resource hog. I had Ubuntu 8.04 on this machine prior to installing Vista and really, there's no comparison as far as performance and general usability of the OS. Then again, you really can't make a comparison between the two platforms because one is so much more of a burden on your system's available hardware resources. I simply love Linux because it can run somewhat smoothly on just about any ancient piece of crap hardware you have laying around your workbench.

    Before Ubuntu I had this laptop running on Windows XP Pro for a couple months. I have to say that the 2 major components I noticed a difference is were my Virus Scanner software and the Desktop / Laptop Backup Software. These 2 pieces really had a hard time playing nice with Vista although the versions I had installed were built and marketed as being XP and VISTA compatible.

    About the only thing with Vista that I liked, and sorry if this sounds simple and juvenile, was the little "bread crumbs" functionality of the explorer address bar. I loved the fact that it didn't just show the full path of where you were going but more over it let you instantly click back to exactly the point you wanted to go back to. That's about the only feature that stuck with me. Not the Aero Desktop, Not the Side bar, and definitely not the fact (as previously mentioned) that simple little properties and functions of the OS management were moved to different places for apparently no real reason.

    I give Microsoft an A for effort but think they still have some legwork to do before they can produce an OS and truly call it an "Upgrade" from XP.

    Quick side note... bash me if you will but this is just my opinion nothing more! I'm not totally against Vista because hey, if it works for you then bravo, glad to hear it. I personally am willing to wait for the next iteration of what Microsoft has to offer.

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