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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    ModestOne, 28 Jul 2008 @ 11:49am

    ....

    Only people that have never used Vista don't like it?

    Are you insane?

    The only people I know that are actually negative about Vista, are people that have tried, HARD, to use it, and have ended up going back to XP.

    I should not have to wait 10 mins for my computer to restart, or shutdown.

    I should not have to have 3 gigs of memory completely occupied, and the entire computer unusable, just because I left my computer on a couple days..

    I leave my XP machines and Linux machines on indefinitely, and RARELY ever feel like I have to reboot.

    My Vista machine? If i don't reboot it every two days, it will force me to, by locking up applications constantly.

    Also, I shouldn't need to provide authorization 4 times in a row for something I clicked on myself. (And should not have to disable everything to get around it.)

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